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    Fire-up Your AV -- Android Virus' on the Loose

    The most sophisticated Trojan for Android smartphones yet. That's how security firm Lookout describes "Geinimi," a nasty piece of malicious software it has just discovered grafted on to downloads of some popular Android gaming apps.

    The risk to Westerners is presumably limited, since versions of the tainted gaming app have only turned up on a Chinese mobile apps website. An Android user in the US, for instance, would only be exposed to this Trojan if he or she visited the Chinese site and downloaded the viral copy of the gaming apps in question.

    "We've only seen this Trojan occur in app stores targeting Chinese users," says Lookout CTO Kevin Mahaffey. He says it's "possible infected apps could be posted to app stores targeting U.S. users in the future."
    The tainted games found in the Chinese app stores include Monkey Jump 2, Sex Positions, President vs. Aliens, City Defense and Baseball Superstars 2010. Mahaffey says the original versions of those games -- available in the official Google Android Market store -- have not been affected.

    Geimini shares much in common with drive-by download infections spread on popular websites across the Internet. These Trojans are designed to infect the PC web browser of any and all visitors to the tainted websites. Once Geimini downloads to your Android phone, the attacker essentially has a mechanism in place to do anything he wants.

    So far Lookout's analysis of Geinimi has determined that it is capable of sending device identifiers and location coordinates, generating a list of all installed apps on the infected phone and installing other viral apps. Geinimi also uses sophisticated techniques to hide its tracks.

    "It has the potential to receive commands from a remote server that allow the owner of that server to control the phone," says Mahaffey. "Though the intent of this Trojan isn't entirely clear, the possibilities range from setting up a malicious mobile ad network to creating an Android botnet."

    Lookout supplies free antivirus for mobile devices that blocks Geinimi and other mobile device malware.
    Nasty Android Trojan found grafted to gaming apps - USATODAY.com
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    Fear mongering

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    Quote Originally Posted by vatothe0 View Post
    Fear mongering
    Yup, Thats all it is...

    If you pay attention to where you get your apps from, You'll be fine....

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    if you're visiting a chinese website, downloading an apk and installing it on your phone, you deserve a trojan.

    linux is not immune to viruses, but you would almost have to want to be infected in order to get one on your phone.

    sorry, i will not be running to install Lookout because of this haha
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    I believe the bigger picture that people need to see is that Android is not virus free, and we need to quit claiming that it is.

    If it can make it's way onto a Chinese app, why couldn't it make it's way to an English app?
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    If people are claiming it's virus free they're wrong...anything that connects to the internet can get a virus.

    the point is the way that linux/android is set up you'd have to explicitly give the virus permission to execute on your system, install it yourself and let it do its work.

    linux doesn't allow auto execution of files, nor can someone be infected unless they're running as root.

    so again, if you visit a chinese website, download this app, grant permissions to this apk to install itself on your phone, then you deserve the trojan
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    Quote Originally Posted by czerdrill View Post
    If people are claiming it's virus free they're wrong...anything that connects to the internet can get a virus.

    the point is the way that linux/android is set up you'd have to explicitly give the virus permission to execute on your system, install it yourself and let it do its work.

    linux doesn't allow auto execution of files, nor can someone be infected unless they're running as root.

    so again, if you visit a chinese website, download this app, grant permissions to this apk to install itself on your phone, then you deserve the trojan
    Very nicely explained. But this would be the first virus I've seen. I still wouldn't load antivirus on my D2 it's a resource hog.
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    They have had a couple of linux viruses back in the day, which were patched immediately. First android virus I've seen yes, but still an AV is unneeded as I'm sure it would do more harm (resource hogging) then good...
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    Hmmm I guess I will have to stay away from Chinese websites from now on
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    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanBounca View Post
    I believe the bigger picture that people need to see is that Android is not virus free, and we need to quit claiming that it is.

    If it can make it's way onto a Chinese app, why couldn't it make it's way to an English app?
    Who is claiming that Android is virus free?
    You can write a virus for any OS if you have the time although some are harder to write for than others.

    Also if your getting your apps from chinese sites and such, not the ones available in the market you are at a higher risk of getting a virus.
    Use common sense. Check the privileges that apps want to have access to and don't download something your unfamiliar with or from an unfamiliar website.

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