Security Update: Google Removes Malicious Market Apps

Security Update: Google Removes Malicious Market Apps

Mar 7, 2011

Last Tuesday Google’s Android team was informed of possible malicious applications published to the Android Market. These applications were found to contain a new type of Android malware called DroidDream. Using a root exploit and a hidden apk these applications were able to extract a multitude of information from infected devices. According to Lookout Mobile Security, over 50 applications were infected with DroidDream and were distributed via three separate publishers. These publishers used pirated versions of legitimate apps to infect over 200,000 users.