The Google Play Store is infested with new spyware related to the world of IM mobile communication. Although Google Protect has introduced new and more tight security countermeasures to the full benefit of the privacy of Android data, it is impossible not to notice the ease with which new malware isolate the its application distribution circuits and all those ignorant users that every day they find themselves dealing with a system that is far from perfect in terms of security.
Some search engineers from the Lookout IT security company have identified a new Android malware family named SonicSpy. As anticipated at the opening, this is a new suite of malicious applications that lie behind instant messaging systems that infect phones by allowing full remote control.
These are products whose features are wide-ranging in the IM Messagging field, but conceal dangerous hazards through which targeted attacks are targeted at those who are victims of theft and data collection of calls, text messages, contacts, and data on active WiFi connections.
According to ForSmartphone security blog, it is the work of a single Iraqi developer who has been working on the implementation of more than 1,000 messaging apps that counter Telegram’s source code. Specifically, though Google’s development and control team has already taken care of their removal, they skip to the eye names like Soniac, Hulk Messenger and Troy Chat.
Michael Flossman, researcher on Lookout’s behalf, told Arch Technica’s microphones that incriminated Google apps can also be deployed through simple texts with embedded links that point to app downloads, just like a traditional phishing attack, or even through a market Google Alternative where you release apk compatible files.
For example, for Soniac there would still be a feedback regarding a portal called App Geyser. Lookout writes in this regard that:
“This family’s applications have proven to be able to generate spyware in the official application store. This suggests that such deceptive apps might fall into the Play Store at any time”.
Using these malicious application distribution methods on the Google Play Store has become common practice and over time, malicious people are further refining the technique by creating new and more sophisticated algorithms.
According to the Android search and security analysts, it would be 47 out of 1,000 devices that came across the new threat series. The situation is aggravated by the fact that malware correlates with popular and legitimate applications such as those related to the Judy series, famous for the use of digital functions linked to the world of cooking and life-style.
What do you think about the security factor on mobile devices? Are we constantly in danger or is there nothing to worry about?