Researchers Discover More Android Malware

Kara Reeder

Malware writers are once again targeting Google's Android Market. According to Computerworld, Lookout Security has discovered four apps on the Android Market that were infected with a version of the "DroidDream Light" malware. The malware is being spread through Chinese app stores.


In addition, Xuxian Jiang, an assistant professor in computer science at North Carolina State University, is also warning of a new Android threat, which he dubbed "HippoSMS." HippoSMS, which piggybacks on a host app, forces Android smartphones into texting a premium number.


DroidDream first appeared in March and was disguised as a legitimate Google update. In June, researchers discovered at least two applications infected with the DroidKungFu malware, which exploits the same two vulnerabilities as DroidDream.


Google has already pulled the four new applications, according to an alert posted by Lookout.

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