Android malware charging fee for free apps

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I read about a malware from the Andriod.opfake family that tricks users to pay for installing Android applications that are actually available for free. How soon will Symantec fix this bug?

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Answered By 0 points N/A #157858

Android malware charging fee for free apps

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Greetings! There is an immediate solution to this problem. In fact, Avast recently released a security solution for Android phones to protect gadgets running Android OS from malwares. It has anti-virus as well as anti-theft features, firewall and application manager. Another thing is, it also provides WebShield  feature that scans the URL and warns you about different security threats found on that site. And the good news is, you can get this application in Avast for free. The following are the versions of Android OS compatible with this application:

  •     Android 2.1.x
  •     Android 2.2.x
  •     Android 2.3.x
  •     Android 3.x
  •     Android 4.xI

However, you may also choose from other paid mobile security apps such AVG, Kaspersky, Lookout and McAfee depending on your preference. You may check this link http://www.avast.com/en-us/free-mobile-security#comparison for comparison of each mobile security application.

I hope that my suggestion would be of help. Thank you.

Answered By 566795 points N/A #157859

Android malware charging fee for free apps

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The Android.Opfake is a detection method for Trojan horses by Symantec on the Android platform. This malware sends SMS text messages to premium-rate numbers. The Trojan may arrive in the form of some of the following APK packages:

  • * installer.apk, new_opera.apk, skachat.apk – Android installers with “wap.syst.two” as package name
  • * Opera_Mini_6.apk – Opera mini Android installer with “com.some.opera” as package name
  • * Opera_Mini_4_4.apk, Opera_Mini_5_1.apk, Opera_Mini_6_1_Android.apk, Opera_Mobile_11_5.apk – Opera browser Android installers with “com.soft” as package name

When installing the Trojan, it will request permissions for the following actions:

  • * Access network information
  • * Check phone’s current state
  • * Start network connections
  • * Send SMS text messages
  • * Write to external storage devices

According to Symantec, this Trojan can be downloaded from the following websites:

  • * opera-mobile.org
  • * ioperamini.com
  • * opera.on.lc
  • * operaupdate.net
  • * operamini-rus.com
  • * operamini-last.com

This Trojan was discovered on January 27, 2012 and the extent of infection varies.

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