New Trojan Hijacts Android Smartphones

Baweh Online Diary Blog. A malicious malware targeted at android smartphones has appeared in china. Lookout reported that the malware codenamed "geinimi" is able to compromise personal data on user's phone and send it to remote server. Geinimi also the first malware for android in the wild that displays botnet-like capabilities, "wrote" "tim" on blog.

The software, known as a "Trojan," is currently uploaded through repackaged versions of Android apps distributed by third-party Android app market. Trojans are pieces of software that appear legitimate to the user, but often have harmful purposes. The code is designed to take control of the system to affect the chosen form of damage.

A botnet is an army of robots or systems that have been compromised without the knowledge of their owners. These computers are used to forward spams and viruses to other computers through the internet.

The Trojan can compromise users' privacy as it is primarily created to collate information related to location and unique identifying codes and then transfer it to live servers.

This isn't the first malware for the Android. In August Kaspersky Lab reported that a virus named TrojaN-SMS.Android OS.FakePlayer-A had surfaced for the OS. The virus took the form of a media player and would fire SMSes to expensive phone numbers running the user's bill through the roof. The virus had only infected devices in Russia.

The development of these viruses speaks of a shift among virus developers as they move from desktops to smartphones as the number of the devices grows.

Source: ibtimes