Jul 5th, 2012

Another big case of malware has struck the Google Play Store. An app called Find and Call was found to have malicious code by virus protection firm Kaspersky Labs. According to them, the app would take your address book and send it to a server. From there, the server would spam those in your address book with ads via text messages.

You can see just how terrible something like this is. Thankfully there doesn’t seem to be a large amount of people affected by this, and Google has taken usual steps to make sure that no one can be affected from here on out.

We’d love to believe this malware problem doesn’t exist, but we can’t. The only thing we can do is scrutinize our downloads more carefully. Read comments, search the developer on Google, do whatever you need to do to make sure the app you’re downloading is trusted by the community.

Even some apps that may seem trustworthy can have dormant malicious code (intentional or otherwise), but since we lowly non-developer folk can’t easily read that code we have to trust our instincts. Be safe, folks! Head to the source link for a more technical breakdown of what’s going on. [Kaspersky via The Verge]