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Android Trojan Found in the Wild

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An advanced Trojan has appeared in the wild on Android devices. If you frequently load 3rd party off-market apps from less than sunny sources, it might be a good time to armor up your Android.

Users who only download from the Marketplace have little to be concerned about, the infections appeared in Android devices where the user had loaded third party apps from less than reputable sources (Chinese Android app sites, for example). None the less it’s worth being aware of. If you’re living on the edge with your Android downloads you might want to grab a copy of one of the available Android antivirus applications and give your phone a scan now and then. Lookout Mobile Security and AVG both make Android antivirus packages. Again, however, we’d stress that for the average user who only downloads from the Marketplace it’s a remote threat. Read more by visiting the link below.

Security Alert: Geinimi, Sophisticated New Android Trojan Found in Wild [Lookout Mobile Security]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/30/10

Comments (3)

  1. C_3PO

    Exactly the same as a PC/Mac, only download from reputable sources and use an antivirus. I have an android phone, absolutely fab and never install anything that is not recognised by Google as an accepted app from the marketplace. The old saying, play with fire, my opinion is android should be equipped with an antivirus by default just like a PC.

  2. Jonneh

    The only app I’ve sideloaded was TeamViewer, and I’m on AT&T with a stock Samsung Captivate. It was a hassle because AT&T disables sideloading by default on their android phones.
    That was probably a one time thing for me. Unless there’s another app that I absolutely love and want to have on my phone, I probably won’t sideload again for a long time.

  3. Lumacd

    How do scan a iPod touch to see or clean it from having a virus

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