May 31st, 2011

Yep, it’s that time of the month again. This time, the folks at Lookout were alerted to another malware infestation running wild in the Android market. Dubbed “DroidDreamLight”, this new attack does a lot of the same things DroidDream did – stealing IMEI numbers, model names and numbers, and more.

The application still has the ability to upload that information to a remote server, but permission must be granted by the user. (We’re not sure how exactly the user is asked for said permission.) First thing’s first – download Lookout, run a scan and be sure to scrub your phone of the following:

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. Team
• Call End Vibrate

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

After that, don’t worry as Google has already removed these applications from the Android market. Some 30,000 – 120,000 folks are said to have these applications on their phones, but no word was said on who was subject to the underlying malicious functions.

We’re sad to see Malware running rampant and it doesn’t appear this sort of stuff will go away any time soon, but at least folks like Lookout are being proactive in tracking it down and Google is there to take care of the situation right away. Be sure to brush up on your downloading skills and make sure you aren’t at risk with the following tips from Lookout:

  • Only download apps from trusted sources, such as reputable app markets. Remember to look at the developer name, reviews, and star ratings.
  • Always check the permissions an app requests. Use common sense to ensure that the permissions an app requests match the features the app provides.
  • Be alert for unusual behavior on your phone. This behavior could be a sign that your phone is infected. These behaviors may include unusual SMS or network activity.
  • Download a mobile security app for your phone that scans every app you download to ensure it’s safe. Lookout users automatically receive protection against this Trojan.

And in case you were wondering, that red Android figurine up there is supposed to be evil. Yea, he looks scary.