Latest Android Malware Turns Control of Your Phone Over to Hackers


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.

[via MobileCrunch]

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  1. Go Wolfpack!  Keeping us safe!

    Really people – you need to stop downloading crap apps that are shadier than a lady of the night with an adam’s apple.

    1. If the situation is anything similar, it’s last call, you are f ing drunk, and the Chinese app has been looking at you all night, but when you get things going boom, tuck job the Chinese app is hiding something.

      1. LMAO! You guys are hilarious..

    2. Go wolfpack!

  2. NCSU FTW!

  3. my thing is…i would like to control my phone this point out that its possible :)

  4. SAY IT AIN’T SO!!!! You mean the all mighty Lookout can’t detect this?

  5. Technological Darwinism at work

    1. The origin of the Internet species.

  6. And tomorrow news:

    “Another piece of malware named ………. which is supposed to be ……….. but actually does ………. found on CHINESE FORUMS AND THIRD-PARTY SOFTWARE SITES………”

    Same exact story every time. If you’re stupid enough to trust the crap you toss of your phone in the sake of “FREE”, you deserve every bit of it. 

  7. What if you put the app on your computer and had your computer Anti-Virus run over the app, would it find it then?

    BTW, I’m pretty sure it’s coming from them HOT GIRLS apps. LoL!! 

  8. So, don’t download seedy looking apps from Chinese forums? Would you ever really be interested in doing that anyway?

    Thanks for the heads up though. Cheers.

  9. Eat it UNC! NC STATE! NC STATE!

  10. Windows all over again. Congrats.

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