Despite recent arrests, Android malware developers in Japan continue to roam across the Internet, specifically the Google Play marketplace. The malware appears in multiple forms and disguises. According to a report from Symantec’s Security Response blog late last night, the spammers are trying to disguise the app, Android Enesoluty, in spam emails with subject lines like “Android App Magazine” and “Smart Magazine.”
The malicious apps remain under the guise of many promising looking apps that can improve battery life, provide antivirus protection and provide news about anime characters and Japanese pop groups. Once a user clicks the app, it uploads the phone’s contacts to the developers’ servers and sends an array of spam to harvested emails. Symantec notes the emails are the usual spam subjects such as Viagra, fake celebrity greetings and friend requests. The malware, Enesoluty, first appeared in September but since grown in popularity, which coincides with the number of arrests in the fall. In order to keep users safe, Google hopes to combat the malware with a new application verifier in Android’s most recent OS, 4.2 Jelly Bean. Once implemented, the scanner will warn users of any potentially malicious or dangerous app before they’re installed.
If the scanner is successful, it aims to curb some of the almost 52, 000 unique malware samples that target Android. In the meantime, Japanese Android users should beware of any suspicious applications or emails that seem too good to be true. Hopefully the update will not be more harm than good.
[via Threat Post]
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