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Android 'fee' malware hidden in legitimate apps

updated 09:35 pm EDT, Tue May 31, 2011

Malware spotted in 20 titles in Android Market

Several months after Google pulled a long list of titles from the Android Market to help protect users against Malware, the platform has reportedly been targeted by a fresh scam. Security software company NetQin claims to have found malware contained in over 20 Android apps, causing devices to auto-dial phone numbers or send text messages that lead to unwanted fees.

The malware, referred to as BaseBridge, is said to be attached to legitimate applications, installing itself after users are asked to upgrade. Aside from the auto-dialing capabilities, the malicious code is also credited with blocking fee notifications from carriers. Handsets utilizing 360 Safeguard reportedly show false warning notifications that the software tool is not running properly.

The list of infected apps includes titles such as QQ Doudizhu, Voice SMS, Drag Racing, Trader, Donkey Jump, Jungle Monkey and Gold Miner, among others. [via SecurityWeek]

by MacNN Staff



  1. The Vicar

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You mean that Google's store, which doesn't even make a serious effort to vet apps, contains malware, when even Apple -- which takes a lot of trouble over it -- doesn't have an absolutely perfect record?! Egad! Alert the media!

    Next up: the sky is blue!

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  1. George3

    Joined: Dec 1969



    just gotta laugh at that. Hahaha

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Apple censors apps! What tyrants!

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Google just doesn't care. Here's why.

    Google gives Android away for free so they can sell AdMob ads on Android apps. 96% of Google's revenue comes from ads. You are Google's product, and they sell you to advertisers.

    And that's why Google doesn't care about malware and copyware and crapware. They're all equally good at spamming users with AdMob ads.

  1. macnews1

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Where is the media?

    Just saying, outside of special mac/android sites I haven't seen anything about this or the other recent Android malware.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Where is the media

    Probably because it's just more FUD about a couple of bad apps that people stupidly allowed dial their phone.

    If there were 20 iOS apps that did this, we'd hear how it was such a small percentage and how Apple can't find everything...

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