According to NetQin Inc, a mobile security service provider, a recent spyware program disguised as a tip calculator made it to the Android Market. Once the “tip calculator” was installed, the spyware will send all incoming and outgoing SMS on the system to designated email address on an hourly basis. Another version of the spyware can even eavesdrop on your calls.
As a result of this, NetQin has launched a mobile anti-virus program entitled (cleverly enough) NetQin Mobile Anti-virus. NetQin Mobile Anti-virus is available for Android 1.5 and above devices.
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Keep reading to read the full press release
BEIJING, July 14 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — A recent Spyware program running on Android devices results in privacy leakage, warns NetQin Mobile Inc., a leading mobile security service provider. The spyware is disguised as a Tip Calculator. Once the spyware is installed in the target mobile devices, the spyware will send all incoming and outgoing SMS on the system to the designated email address on an hourly basis, resulting in privacy leakage. A variant of the spyware can even overhear the calls of the monitored devices. NetQin has launched NetQin Mobile Anti-virus for Android to protect Android device users from viruses, spyware and malware. The application is available for download at http://www.netqin.com/en/antivirus/download/ .
The person who is trying to spy on the phone will install the application on someone else’s phone. Holding down the Carrot App icon in the “About” page will lead the user to the spy settings.
After entering the default password “spy”, the user will then be taken to the spy status settings where they can enter an email address for the spy function. After this is set, the phone will send an email to the entered email address every hour with all the incoming and outgoing texts from the phone.
Sales of Android phones have outsold the iPhone in the first part of 2010, and it makes complete sense that attackers would use this opportunity. With the boom of Android applications, it is likely that other similar programs are being released. To stay protected from such spyware, be sure to install NetQin Mobile Anti-virus software and be cautious when installing an unknown application.
Founded in Beijing in 2005 and backed by leading venture capital firms like Sequoia, Mayfield and Fidelity, NetQin delivers complete mobile security solutions based on “Cloud” security platform, including anti-virus, anti-spam, privacy protection and online virus scan service, to over 5,150 million users worldwide. As a leading player in mobile security, NetQin holds 68% market share in China, and has received several industry awards, including the 2009 China Frost & Sullivan Award for Mobile Security Market Leadership.
Extensive partnership has accelerated the growth of NetQin. The company is the only partner providing anti-spamming service to China Mobile, and is a close partner of China Unicom. As an important partner to Nokia, NetQin products are preloaded on all S60 devices sold in China. NetQin works closely with Huawei mobile software, and has also been recognized as a platinum partner of the Symbian Foundation.