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New Android Virus Records Your Phone Conversations

So Mac users just can't stop bragging about how great and virus-free their Mac devices are, which makes people with Windows cringe and curl up in a ball. With people switching over from computers to smartphones and tables with mobile operating systems is the threat of viruses still a serious problem? In the beginning, Android phones appeared safe and virus-free, but slowly malware issues started creeping onto thousands of people's devices. So far we were able to reassure ourselves that the pesky viruses were too weak and pointless to really do any harm. While the first few offenders were more humorous than dangerous, Android malware has started seriously breaching users' privacy. Starting with spying on people's text messages, a new kind of Android virus has moved on to much bigger fish: phone conversations. 

Researchers at CA Technologies are the first ones that came across an Android virus that could record your phone conversations and send them to a remote server. Obviously, wire tapping is a big deal and is a potentially dangerous security threat. But so far the malware developers haven't been the smartest chumps: all your phone conversations are recorded and then stored onto your SD card. So it doesn't take a genius to figure out that something is majorly wrong with your phone when your memory starts filling up at a suspiciously rapid pace. Again, it is important to take some basic precautions:

1) Make sure to read through the permissions when downloading an app. Use an app like LBE Privacy Guard to make sure permissions don't get access to private information. 

2) Most of these viruses pose as Android system files, but don't be fooled! If something looks a bit odd, don't download it. 

Using common sense is more than enough to keep you protected from potential intruders. In the meantime, we hope that securtiy experts can come up with better ways to keep users away from potentially harmful and malware-laden apps. 

Source: Ubergizmo


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  • I appreciate your feedback and I agree with you completely. From what I understand, this Trojan is not "in the wild" but has been uncovered by a security company and tested on their phones. The issue at stake here is less the specific Trojan rather than the possibility of other similar viruses popping up all over the place which could be a serious problem.

    This is as much as I can tell you from research and conversations I've had with security guys:

    - this specific Trojan is called Android System Messenger and poses as an important system tool app.

    - as far as I understand it's a third-party app not available on the Android Market

    - since it's a third-party app Google has to my knowledge not given any response

    - Uninstalling the app should get rid of all the problems for now. In the future, however, simply uninstalling might not be enough.

    Thanks for your input!

  • I hate to be critical, because I appreciate having the information, but to be truly useful this article needs to:
    * advise the name of the malicious software so we can avoid it and/or remove it
    * advise if Google has been notified, and if so, if they've responded
    * was the product obtained via the Android market or through side-loading
    * if Google responded, did they advise the corrective actions taken? (have they removed it from the market, have they identified the developer and removed their account and other products)
    * advise about how many devices are believed to have been affected and is it possible to remove, or will Google be doing this "for us" OTA?

    Without this information, this article is just an opinion piece instead of news. If it is an opinion piece, that's fine, but please tell us where to go to get the missing information you didn't report. Otherwise this article is a a bit like boasting about having been the first person to witness that terrible accident on the expressway and not having any real facts or information to be truly helpful and informative.

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