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One Year Of Android Malware (Full List)

Update August 14: After the list (and the subsequent turmoil) here is the Look Inside a Year Of Android Malware.

So here it is the full list of Android Malware in a very dangerous year, since August, the 9th 2011 up-to-today.

My birthday gift for the Android is complete: exactly One year ago (9 August 2010) Kaspersky discovered the first SMS Trojan for Android in the Wild dubbed SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a. This is considered a special date for the Google Mobile OS, since, before then, Android Malware was a litte bit more than en exercise of Style, essentially focused on Spyware. After that everything changed, and mobile malware targeting the Android OS become more and more sophisticated.

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Happy Birthday! One Year of Android Malware

Exactly One year ago (9 August 2010) Kaspersky discovered the first SMS Trojan for Android in the Wild dubbed SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a. This is considered a special date for the Google Mobile OS, since, before then, Android Malware was a litte bit more than en exercise of Style, essentially focused on Spyware. After that everything changed, and mobile malware targeting the Android OS become more and more sophisticated.

For this reason I decided to prepare a special birthday gift for the Android, that is a special compilation showing the long malware trail which characterized this day. Commenting the graph, in my opinion, probably the turning point was Android.Geinimi (end of 2010), featuring the characteristics of a primordial Botnet, but also Android.DroidDream (AKA RootCager) is worthwhile to mention because of its capability to root the phone and potentially to remotely install applications without direct user intervention. Moreover, as you will have probably noticed, the average impact is low, but, the number of malware is growing exponentially after June, this is the reason why I decided to divide my special compilation in two parts. Today is part I: from the beginning to May, the 31st 2011.

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Nine Months Of Living Dangerously

The title of this post is not a subset of the famous Peter Weir’s MovieThe Year Of Living Dangerously“, featuring Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver, but rather refers to the dangerous months which the Android is living, from the second half of 2010 to this first half of 2011, which saw a dramatic increase in Android Malware.

I enjoyed in summarizing in a single picture the mobile malware which affected Google Mobile OS from August 2010 to the present day. As shown the results are not encouraging and seems to confirm, in a qualitative form, the 400% increase in mobile malware (in six months) recently stated by Juniper Networks: un the second half of 2011 we assisted mainly to variants of the first Trojan. In the first half of 2011 the landscape has become much more complicated with mobile malware tailored “for different needs”.

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DroidDream: Google lo Sradica da Remoto

Qualche giorno fa ho dedicato un post all’ultimo malware (è proprio il caso di dire da sogno) dell’Androide: il famigerato DroidDream. L’ennesima minaccia mobile per l’androide ha creato un pericoloso precedente, essendo il primo malware, a differenza dai suoi illustri predecessori (Geinimi, HongTouTou e ), ad aver fatto breccia direttamente nel market ufficiale.

Da subito si è saputo che il “Sogno d’Androide”, utilizzando l’invontolontario tramite di applicazioni lecite, è stato in grado di iniettare nei terminali infetti codice malevolo in grado di prendere la root (o meglio la radice) del dispositivo (da cui il nome di Android.Rootcager) in maniera autonoma (ovviamente senza il minimo consenso da parte dell’utente).

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