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Android virus shown to be capable of voice recordings

updated 09:40 pm EDT, Mon August 1, 2011

Malware tricks users into installing Trojan

A virus targeting Android devices is reportedly capable of recording a user's phone conversations, according to security researchers at CA Technologies. The Trojan's call recording functionality is said to represent a significant step forward, as earlier viruses merely logged information such as phone numbers and call duration.

CA's Dinesh Venkatesan ran the Trojan using an emulator to observe its functionality. Users are duped into installing the virus by an approval prompt that mimics the permissions dialog of a standard Android Market app. The malware then loads itself onto the device and adds remote server configuration file.

Every time a user places a phone call, the Trojan records the conversation and saves it to an AMR file on the phone's SD card. Researchers suspect the remote server files enable the malware to upload the AMR files to be accessed by the attackers.

"As it is already widely acknowledged that this year is the year of mobile malware, we advice the smartphone users to be more logical and exercise the basic security principles while surfing and installing any applications," concluded Venkatesan. [via NetworkWorld]

by MacNN Staff



  1. viktorob

    Joined: Dec 1969


    In your face iPhone!!!

    Take that iPhone fans!!! can you iPhone run virus that sofisticated? yo think you are better because you have 450 k + apps? well, Android devices run more malwares and virus than you iPhone lol

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969



    iTards are so slow they can't even register irony and vote it down!

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