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A devious new security threat targeted at Android devices has been uncovered, and this time it’s your phone calls that could be stolen.

The malware activates when a compromised smartphone makes a call. It’s recorded as an audio file on the phone’s microSD card 3 Cool Ways To Use SD Memory Cards 3 Cool Ways To Use SD Memory Cards SD memory cards are one of the most common forms of mobile storage, but they also tend to be very specific in their purpose. On their own, these cards tend to be less useful than... Read More , and then sent to a remote server after the call is complete. Other information about the call, including when the call was placed and the call’s duration, is also recorded and packaged for delivery to the server.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that the malware wasn’t detected in active use on phones, but rather on an online malware channel, which could mean it is being developed but not yet deployed. A bug in the code that prevents the audio file from being properly sent also indicates that this threat isn’t finished, though it could be fixed and deployed.

While the permissions do clearly state that the malware wants access to phone calls, there are many legitimate reasons why this might be requested. Disguising this threat as an innocent recording utility, for example, would not be difficult. This would even justify the audio files, making it unlikely that even experienced users would notice a problem.

Source: Ars Technica

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  1. Mitesh Budhabhatti
    August 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Whats the name of this malware? How can I know whether this malware is on my phone?

  2. James Bruce
    August 5, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Without wishing to start a flame war (HAH! Who am I kidding!?), this does rather make me laugh. Seriously though, this is why open source mobile phones and free-for-all app stores  suck. 

    • Tina
      August 6, 2011 at 1:49 am

      Well James, this is how I see it:

      Apple/Mac is like a religion. No fun before marriage and if everyone adheres to the rules, there won't be any problems. And religions can be fun...if you're into it. And even a Mac can fail!

      Everything else is more like being a free spirit or a Hippie. Lots more fun, but all the risks associated with it, even if you do use protection. ;)

      • James Bruce
        August 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm

        Playing on my hatred of religion, I see - a cunning ploy. I see it more as:

        Apple is like marriage. Yes, you're stuck with one lover for the rest of your life, but you can have so much more kinky fun with them than you ever could with a one night stand. Sure, they have their little foibles, but ultimately you love them and couldn't possibly live without them. PCs are like one night stands. Fun while they last, but quickly outdated and ultimately very disappointing. Sure, you can always get the youngest, best-looking model - but is that really all you want from life?

        • Tina
          August 8, 2011 at 11:42 pm

          Too bad I'm not an Android, otherwise I might be quite attracted to a kinky Mac. ;)

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