Android malware steals info from one million phone owners

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Updated A developer of Android apps has been accused of using their apps to steal information from more than one million smartphone users.

John Hering and Kevin MaHaffey, of mobile security firm Lookout, told the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas that they discovered that a wallpaper app developed by Jackeey Wallpaper (who have created over 70 different applications for the Google Android mobile operating system) secretly transmitted affected phones’ numbers, subscriber identifiers, and voicemail numbers to a server in Shenzen, China.

Over a million people are believed to have downloaded the app – which Sophos has not yet seen – from the Android Market (Google’s equivalent to the Apple iPhone AppStore).

This…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

Found this article interesting? Follow Graham Cluley on Twitter to read more of the exclusive content we post.


Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

What do you think? Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.