Symantec: Android.Counterclank has infected 1-5 million Android users

Symantec: Android.Counterclank has infected 1-5 million Android users

Take a look at your recently installed games and apps on your Android device.  If you’re among the potentially millions of Android users who downloaded one of the following apps then you will want to promptly uninstall them.  Symantec has discovered 13 applications in the Android Market spread across three developers (iApps7 IncOgre Gamesredmicapps) which can be used to steal user information.

Symantec has identified multiple publisher IDs on the Android Market that are being used to push outAndroid.Counterclank. This is a minor modification of Android.Tonclank, a bot-like threat that can receive commands to carry out certain actions, as well as steal information from the device…The combined download figures of all the malicious apps indicate that Android.Counterclank has the highest distribution of any malware identified so far this year.

Here’s the list of apps/games that Symantec has identified as being malicious.  You’ll want to stay away from them!  We noticed that some of these are not showing up in the Android Market as of right now however most of them are still listed.

  • Counter Elite Force
  • Counter Strike Ground Force
  • CounterStrike Hit Enemy
  • Heart Live Wallpaper
  • Hit Counter Terrorist
  • Stripper Touch girl
  • Balloon Game
  • Deal & Be Millionaire
  • Wild Man
  • Pretty women lingerie puzzle
  • Sexy Girls Photo Game
  • Sexy Girls Puzzle
  • Sexy Women Puzzle

Use your noodle, kids.  Whereas you might know what’s a quality app and/or developer, many new Android users are not as wise.  Spread the word to all your new Android converts to watch out for these apps.

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Scott has been running AndroidGuys since 2007 and loves nothing more than reading up on the latest smartphone rumors. His other mobile efforts can be found on Android Update (CNET) where he covers Google's mobile platform.

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88 Comments

  1. Proctologist
    January 27, 16:05 Reply

    People who download shit like that deserve a virus.

  2. fud
    January 28, 20:32 Reply

    Has there actually been any independent verification of this? Symantec has a history of trying to scare people into buying their products.

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