DroidDream



For Android users, the refrain must be getting a little tiresome: Researchers have found another batch of apps in the Android Market that were infected with malware. Once again, it was the DroidDream malware family causing the trouble, but this time, it was just a handful of apps and they were only in the market for a little while.

By Ted Julian, Yankee Group Security researchers today pulled more than 20 apps in the Official Android Market after they were found to have been infected with the DroidDream malware. Analysis of the DroidDream malware suggests that it can gather sensitive data like a mobile device’s IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) number and user ID, break out of Android’s application security sandbox and download additional code. Sounds pretty scary, huh? Sure, but to grizzled security pros, it’s a story that’s also sadly familiar – and a sign of what’s to come in the mobile devices market.

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