I could spend the next 10 minutes typing up a post as good as the one over on Gizmodo or The Next Web but realistically, the message here is far more important than the text I write in this post.
Kapersky have come across one of the scariest malware apps I have seen on Android which pretends to be a cleaner app named DroidCleaner.
In short this app, if installed, will have access to:
Sending SMS messages
Gathering information about Opening arbitrary links in a browser
Uploading the SD card’s entire contents
Uploading an arbitrary file (or folder) to the master’s server
Uploading all SMS messages
Deleting all SMS messages
Uploading all the contacts/photos/coordinates from the device to the master
But that’s not where it ends, no no no. When it runs, the app also downloads three files to the root directory of your SD card, and then when your phone gets connected to a computer in USB drive mode, a backdoor runs on your PC. From there it can control your microphone to eavesdrop on you.
Be careful what permissions apps are using when downloading them folks, this can clearly be nasty!
[Kaspersky via The Next Web]