Flaming new Android Trojan found among mobile malware

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 30 December 2010, 23:48 Hrs
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Bangalore: An annoying and darned cell phone threat was identified by Lookout Mobile Security, which just raised fresh resources to boost its fight against mobile malware, reports cnet News. As per the firm, the new mobile malware, an Android Trojan, christened Geinimi, has popped up in China and is capable of taking a significant amount of personal data and sending it to remote servers.

The risk could be limited to Westerners since versions of the malware-infected gaming app have only turned up on a Chinese mobile apps website. "Geinimi is effectively being 'grafted' onto repackaged versions of legitimate applications, primarily games, and distributed in third-party Chinese Android app markets. The affected applications request extensive permissions over and above the set that is requested by their legitimate original versions." Lookout said in a blog post on Wednesday.

The firm also added that Geinimi displays botnet-like qualities and is the most sophisticated wireless malware it has seen. Paid and free versions of the software to protect against Geinimi have been updated by the security firm, according to its blog post.

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