Infected Android Apps Sends Text Messages
A couple of Android apps were once again spotted by Google that contain malware in them. These apps which are available in the Android Market include iGuide, iCalendar, Sea Ball, Love Baby, iCartoon and iBook. These apps apparently have a malicious code embedded in them that allows them to send out text messages without the user knowing it to three different phone numbers in China.
Aegis Lab, a Taiwanese security company first discovered these apps and reported it to Google which immediately took down the offending apps. Apparently the text messages sent signed up the users for paid subscription services without them knowing it.
Because of the increase in popularity of the Android platform it is currently the favorite target of malware. A report released just recently by Juniper Network revealed that malware targeting the Android platform has increased to 400% since last summer.
One way of making sure that your Android smartphone does not contain any malware is to always download apps from authorized sources. As much as possible, try getting apps from the official Android Market or Amazon’s Android App Store. It does not hurt too if you have a security software installed in your smartphone that could detect any malware present.