In the wake of “DroidDreamLight,” a data-stealing malware attack brought to our attention last week, yet another instance of malicious software has been found running around the seedier parts of the Android world, and it might be the worst yet. The new attack gives hackers a backdoor entrance to complete control of your handset, allowing for the traditional acquisition of your personal data, but also paving the way for much more devious deeds. The malware will allow hackers to gain remote control of your Android and “basically make your smartphone do anything they want.”
The bad juju comes courtesy of “DroidKungFu,” a trojan buried within a couple of apps frequenting Chinese forums and third-party software sites. Researchers at North Carolina State University discovered the malware, which has gone undetected by mobile anti-virus software thus far. The good news is you can do a lot to prevent yourself from picking up the bad apps. There is no word they have hit the official Android Market yet, so keep an eye on what you are downloading and only download apps from trusted sources and you’re already off to a good start.