New Trojan Striking Fear in the Hearts of Android Users Everywhere


Hide yo kids, hide yo wife, and hide yo husband, too. There’s a new trojan running around climbing in your Android and snatching your data up. OK, you don’t need to be that scared, at all, really. The new malware attack called Hong Tou Tou (also known as ADRD) is mostly causing problems over in China (if you couldn’t tell by the name).

Like most trojans of its class, it hides in the background of applications and uses additional permissions the user didn’t intend to give it and sends encrypted data such as device IMEI and IMSI back to a remote host. Th scary part is it has been found in 14 apps, including some of the more standard wallpaper apps usually containing these trojans and the popular game RoboDefense.

But don’t let that last part get you too worried. This only pertains to iterations of apps installed from third party sources. If you got them in the market, you’re safe. An easy way to avoid these type of problems is to avoid finding random applications online and installing them to your find. The other key is always double check the permissions an app is requesting. Your Android is as safe as you let it be.

[via Android Community]

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  1. Damn I never pay for apps! I wonder if look out app can protect you against shit like this?

  2. Poetic justice for warez abusers. :)

  3. @Burko too true, makes me want to develop a trojan of my own :D

  4. @mr.walker the apps are so cheap for mobile phones, there’s no reason to pay for a few that you really need.

  5. correction, “no reason NOT to pay”

  6. Think you meant “phone”, not “find”. Thanks for the info!

  7. Reap what you sow!!!

  8. Meh, only effects people that dl warez more then anything else.
    Notice how all these trojans always come from china 3rd party sites/markets?

  9. And the pirates get what they deserve

  10. But what about the porn users? They dont have porn in the market lol.

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