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Around 20,000 To 130,000 Android Users Affected By New Malware, Here is How To Protect Your SmartPhone

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According to Lookout, an Android anti-malware maker, there’s a new threat in the wild that is said to have affected between 30,000 and 120,000 headsets already.

 

This piece of malware is the second iteration of a previous threat, known as “DroidDream”, which hit the platform last March, that had the ability to download malicious packages onto the device.

This new malware, known as “DroidDreamLight” is essentially similar to the previous version: it uses fake Android Apps on the Android Market in order to spread and, just like the original “DroidDream”, it’s able to download malicious packages onto the infected device. However, unlike its predecessor, it can’t download those in the background, meaning that the risk of infection is much lower, although it can still harm unsuspecting users. “DroidDreamLight” can also contact remote servers even when the infected app isn’t running, making the threat more dangerous. Once an infected App is downloaded, the malware will immediately send out information about the device’s specifications to a remote server:

Malicious components of DroidDream Light are invoked on receipt of a  android.intent.action.PHONE_STATE intent (e.g. an incoming voice call).  DroidDream Light is not, therefore, dependent on manual launch of the installed application to trigger its behavior.  The broadcast receiver immediately launches the <package>.lightdd.CoreService which contacts remote servers and supplies the IMEI, IMSI, Model, SDK Version and information about installed packages.

The malware’s authors have modified reputable Apps commonly available from the Android Market and repackaged them with the infected code. The fake Apps were then submitted back to Google’s own Android Market using 5 different developer accounts. Please stay alert if you’ve downloaded any of the following Apps recently:

Magic Photo Studio

  • Sexy Girls: Hot Japanese
  • Sexy Legs
  • HOT Girls 4
  • Beauty Breasts
  • Sex Sound
  • Sex Sound: Japanese
  • HOT Girls 1
  • HOT Girls 2
  • HOT Girls 3

Mango Studio

  • Floating Image Free
  • System Monitor
  • Super StopWatch and Timer
  • System Info Manager

E.T. Tean

  • Call End Vibrate

BeeGoo

  • Quick Photo Grid
  • Delete Contacts
  • Quick Uninstaller
  • Contact Master
  • Brightness Settings
  • Volume Manager
  • Super Photo Enhance
  • Super Color Flashlight
  • Paint Master

DroidPlus

  • Quick Cleaner
  • Super App Manager
  • Quick SMS Backup

Infected applications have already been removed from Android’s marketplace, but be on the lookout, since there’s the possibility that this threat might arise once again.

How to protect yourself: Download an anti-malware program for Android, such as Lookout, AVG for Android and SmartGuard Mobile Security and keep it updated. We’re going to start taking the security of our smartphones as seriously as the security of our PCs.

An open platform such as Android has sure brought many benefits, but just as many shortfalls as well. The fact that there’s no approval process for Android Apps makes the platform incredibly vulnerable, especially due to its rising popularity. Please download an anti-malware application to ensure your device’s safety.

Sony Announces Details Of Welcome Back Package For PlayStation Network Users

Sony today released details of their PSN ‘Welcome Back’ package for North American customers, with free games the order of the day and PlayStation Plus service.

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Offered to angry & disgruntling customers as a thank you for sticking with the beleaguered company through their horrid PlayStation Network affair, Sony is offering a free month’s subscription to their PlayStation Plus PSN upgrade for users who don’t currently subscribe. Existing customers will have a month’s usage added to their account free of charge.

Most interesting is the offer of two free games to download from a list of 5 for PlayStation 3 owners and 4 for PSP owners. There is no mention about whether owners of both consoles can take a total of 4 free games though, so we’ll have to wait and see how that pans out.

The games available (for North American gamers, remember) are:

PS3:

  • Wipeout HD + Fury
  • inFAMOUS
  • Super Stardust HD
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Dead Nation

PSP:

  • Pursuit Force
  • ModNation Racers
  • LittleBigPlanet (PSP)
  • Killzone Liberation

Alongside the offer of free games and a PS Plus subscription, Sony is also offering an “On Us” weekend where a selection of movies will be available for free to watch. Available Titles have not yet been announced (at time of post).

Fans of Sony’s PlayStation Home will be happy to hear the company is also giving away 100 free virtual items for your enjoyment.

Sony fans in North America can read the full press release here, while European and Latin American users should check their respective PlayStation blog posts for information on what they’ll be offered.

While an after thought of free stuff is always welcome, we keep thinking that many customers would of rather had Sony just prevented the security hole in the first place.

People need to start putting security first, not as a afterthought when zerodays happen. *sigh*