Linked by David Adams on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 22:40 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption A new Trojan horse app has emerged to target Android devices, and this one's particularly creepy. The app records a user's phone calls and then uploads them to a remote server. The app was revealed Tuesday by security researcher Dinesh Venkatesan on the Security Advisor Research Blog, published by CA Technologies, now known as Total Defense. While this particular Trojan doesn't appear to be a threat in the wild--at least not for North American users--it's a good reminder of the growing threat of mobile malware.
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by rsmithers on Wed 3rd Aug 2011 13:46 UTC
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Most of the article's advice is for laymen. And while it's important that much of it be followed, I have some issues with the information presented:

1. Security software can only do much to protect you if it has root access -- because you have to assume that your malware will.

2. Locking your phone doesn't protect your stolen device much if you're one of the plethora of people who leave USB debugging enabled OR install APK files that they've backed up on their unencrypted SD card. No special equipment required.

3. None of this takes into account more significant efforts. The malware that can be subverted by the article's recommended steps is hardly visionary. See: http://bit.ly/mkDUVM (this article is apparently more poignant than I originally gave it credit for, as after mentioning it in a comment on Android Central, the comment was removed and my account was disabled).

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