Google has reacted very quickly to reports from bloggers about malware apps posing as free copies of popular software by removing them - but not before 50,000 people downloaded them.
Android Police bloggers reported to Google that certain popular apps were attempting to gain root access to phones, gathering a wide range of information and even creating a back door to allow more code to be downloaded. Google removed the offending software within five minutes of getting the report from Android Police. Google also remotely removed the offending apps from users’ devices but unfortunately that doesn’t remove any code that’s already been backdoored in.
The publisher of the apps goes by the name of Myournet but they have now been removed from the Market and you can no longer see the apps captured in the above screenshot. It has been discovered that the apps could capture a lot of information regarding the phone and its user, including product ID, model, provider, language, country, and userID. The open nature of Android is obviously something that has been debated before and while not the first, this is the highest profile case of malware being found in the Market.
Among the free apps which were pulled from the Market following the report from Android Police were: Falling Down, Super Guitar Solo, Super History Eraser, Photo Editor, Super Ringtone Maker, Super Sex Positions, Hot Sexy Videos, Chess, Falldown, Hilton Sex Sound, Screaming Sexy Japanese Girls, Falling Ball Dodge, Scientific Calculator, Dice Roller, Advanced Currency Converter, APP Uninstaller, PewPew, Funny Paint and Spider Man. If you have downloaded any of these apps let us know, especially if you have noticed anything strange with your phone.
Source: Android Police