Android Smartphones get bugged by malware, Geinimi
December 31st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

Android 2.2

A new Trojan, Geinimi showed up in China which works on botnet model. The mobile malware that can steal data from infected Android handsets is getting circulated through third-party Android apps in China.

The malware sends personal data, location information, installed apps list etc., from the infected mobile to a remote server. Geinimi can also receive commands from remote servers so that hackers can take control of your device.

Mobile security firm, Lookout has dubbed the malware as the most advanced one so far to attack Android handsets. The botnet style functionality though has not yet been put to use and hence the real purpose behind the malware is not known.

The Trojan appeared on Russian-language websites which offer porn video clips. Very few malwares capable of infecting Android handsets have been detected so far. One such Trojan sends messages to premium rate numbers from the compromised handsets.

Lookout is a mobile phone malware specialist which recently got additional funding worth $19.5m sells Anti-virus software for Android. Given this fact, Lookout has interest in reporting about Chinese malware threats.

Symantec and Kaspersky are some other alternative commercial software packs available in the market for the Android handsets.

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