China is being hit by a new Android Trojan that is repackaged in popular Android apps, according to Lookout Mobile Security.
Dubbed HongTouTou, the malware requests additional user permissions and seems to be executing search-related activities in the background, unbeknown to the user. The Trojan is being distributed through alternative Chinese app markets and forums. The article notes:
While we have seen the HongTouTou Trojan packaged in fourteen separate Android applications including RoboDefense and a variety of wallpaper apps, it is important to remember that even though these apps are repackaged with the Trojan, the original versions available in the official Google Android Market have not been affected.
Lookout reminds users to only download applications from trusted sources.