Experts had predicted that the scams and attacks on mobile systems, especially for Android, would continue in 2012 and the trend is apparent. The researcher at Symantec Peter Coogan has posted on his blog a notice of two new malware threats for mobile devices Android.
The first is identified as an application called Android Steek. Those responsible for this application have disguised malware like a app games for Android.
When installed, users are allowed access to the Internet application. After that, supposedly to complete the installation, a window opens to confirm the process. If users click the button that appears in the web browser on your handset gets redirected several times without the consent of users to a page with advertising online security solutions, through which cyber criminals get their benefits.
The second application is related malware software Carrier IQ. Cybercriminals take advantage of the news about installing the software on mobile devices, which accounts for all types of information to deceive users.
The application in question, distributed mainly in France, one imitates the image of domestic operators to trick users and promise them off Carrier IQ . Users running the application must confirm an installation process, for which they click a button. However, the application actually performs sending up to four SMS messages to premium rate services.
Cybercriminals are distributing this second application through secondary channels and have not found evidence of its presence in the Android Market, making it more difficult to control. They are also using a system that allows them to bypass the permissions message that usually appears whenever users install an application.
Users should exercise caution and be wary of any application that is not in a store as a security officer.