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Soundminer Trojan horse steals Android phone data

Jeremy Kirk | Jan. 20, 2011
Researchers have developed a low-profile Trojan horse program for Google's Android mobile OS that steals data in a way that is unlikely to be detected by either a user or antivirus software.

Two antivirus programs for Android, VirusGuard from SMobile Systems and Droid Security's AntiVirus, both failed to identify Soundminer as malware even when it was recording and uploading data, according to the researchers.

In an e-mail statement, Google officials in London did not directly address Soundminer but said that Android is designed to minimize the impact of "poorly programmed or malicious applications if they appear on a device."

"If users believe an application is harmful or inappropriate, they can flag it, give it a low rating, leave a detailed comment, and of course, remove it from their device," Google said. "Applications deemed to be in violation of our policies are removed from Market, and abusive developers can also be blocked from using the Android Market for repeated or egregious violations of our policies."

 

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