Symantec: Android.Counterclank infects millions of users

Symantec: Android.Counterclank infects millions of usersWe’re well used to hearing about malware on the Android Market unfortunately, and this latest infection is notable as a contender for the largest in the operating system’s history.

Security guys Symantec reckoned Android.Counterclank, a slight variant of Android.Tonclank, had infected up to 5 million Android users as of yesterday afternoon.

Symantec explains that the malicious code appears in a package called “apperhand”, and a service under the same name can been seen running on the infected device when it’s executed.

Another tell-tale sign is a Search icon on your home screen where you wouldn’t normally see one.

Android.Counterclank is described as a bot-like threat, that can carry out commands and steal information from the infected device.

The list of malicious apps follows:

  • Counter Elite Force
  • Counter Strike Ground Force
  • CounterStrike Hit Enemy
  • Heart Live Wallpaper
  • Hit Counter Terrorist
  • Stripper Touch girl
  • Balloon Game
  • Deal & Be Millionaire
  • Wild Man
  • Pretty women lingerie puzzle
  • Sexy Girls Photo Game
  • Sexy Girls Puzzle
  • Sexy Women Puzzle

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to uninstall Sexy Women Puzzle. How could I be so stupid?

via: Symantec

Read more about: Android

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3 comments

blizzard7  Jan. 28, 2012 at 12:12

If millions of users have been downloading that crap the marketplace must be doing ridiculously well.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 28, 2012 at 12:17

If millions of users have been downloading that crap the marketplace must be doing ridiculously well.

My sentiment exactly.

Treab  Jan. 28, 2012 at 13:28

Amen plus why not get the avg antivirus app its free and provides at least some protection

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