Fake Android Application

Published: 2010-01-11
Last Updated: 2010-01-11 17:44:29 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
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Somehow I missed that "First Tech Credit Union" warned its users late in December about a fake Android application which pilfers user's passwords [1].

This is a somewhat expected event. Malware is frequently willingly installed by users. As users move to new platform like mobile devices, malware is going to follow them. This particular application, "Droid09" has since been removed from the Android Market Place. But it is probably just a matter of time for the next application to show up. It is probably possible for a similar application to sneak past the iTunes store approval process as well. In each case, the more managed software delivery environment limits the expose time but doesn't eliminate it.

[1] http://www.firsttechcu.com/home/security/fraud/security_fraud.html

Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D.
SANS Technology Institute

Keywords: android mobile
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After further investigation by other sources it was determined that this was not a Phishing Campaign. It was a poorly written app that was essentially using the built in browser. It would not surprise me if down the line someone truly wrote a malicious app.

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