Up to 5 million Android handsets infected with information-stealing bot


Symantec has released a report detailing a new variation on a trojan malware which may have infected up to 5 million Android handsets.

Android.Counterclank is a minor modification of Android.Tonclank, a bot-like threat that can receive commands to carry out certain actions, as well as steal information from the device.

The combined download figures of all the malicious apps indicate that Android.Counterclank has the highest distribution of any malware identified so far this year. With 250 million Android handsets activated, it appears a significant percentage of Android users are suffering the effects of malware, downloaded directly from the Android Marketplace, and a problem which has only continued to escalate, with Juniper Networks saying Android malware is increasing at a rate of 1,320% per year.

While Windows Phone has not been free of its issues, it is by design much, much less of a wild west than the Android ecosystem. Feeling secure when you downloads apps is definitely a clear reason to chose Windows Phone over Android.

Via allaboutphones.nl

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