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Phishing Android App Steals Banking Info

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by phandroid, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. phandroid

    phandroid Admin News Bot
    Thread Starter

    A few weeks ago there was a developer on Android Market named Droid09 who uploaded a malicious application to Android Market. Apparently the dev’s apps POSED as official banking applications but instead were just “shells” with the purpose of stealing your personal information and banking logins/passwords.The rogue application was outed by First Tech Credit [...]


  2. Carl C

    Carl C Extreme Android User

    Moderation of the marketplace is really lax, check user M STAR LLC constantly bumping his aps in the just in section......
  3. QrafTee

    QrafTee Android Expert

    That's a shame, I wonder if it's possible for Google to implement some type of algorithm or something to find people like that and just ban them... or maybe something like their spam filters for gmail?
  4. Carl C

    Carl C Extreme Android User

    Unfortunately automatic programs can get it wrong , possible leading to some genuine developers getting banned :eek:

    It just needs some human moderation, it's pretty obvious this M STAR LLC has been bumping for months with their useless apps and Google haven't done anything.
  5. mrtrumpet

    mrtrumpet Newbie

    I think the safest way to navigate the market, especially with something as sensitive as a banking app, is to wait a bit, then check user comments. Hopefully by the time you DL it the community will have vetted it as Spyware, malicious app, etc..
  6. QrafTee

    QrafTee Android Expert

    But that still requires some legitimate users to get scammed which isn't the best way to handle it from my perspective.
  7. gentlefury

    gentlefury Android Enthusiast

    I am all for at least a LITTLE oversite in the market. There is one shady company distributing 20 new apps a day under 3 different names that all do the same thing.....nothing. They claim to show you a picture after a phone call. All they do ( as the very few reviews have said) is either not work at all or show you ads.

    If it is adware, I can understand them wanting it out there to get paid...but for the most part the reviews say this app does nothing....which to me suggests that it is malicious. They currently have about 75 of the same app under the name Top Apps, now they started listed under 2 more names and they continue to spam the market.

    I report it every time I see it. Nothing ever gets done.

    It really is chaotic and this is why real developers want nothing to do with android market. And until something is done, good luck getting any real games on there.
  8. QrafTee

    QrafTee Android Expert

    App Store - Too Restrictive; Android Market - Too Unrestrictive... Decisions, decisions...
  9. discohornet

    discohornet Well-Known Member

    What they need is a user driven market. By that I mean set up a way so that when people give an app a thumbs down from so many people it gets pulled from the market until further review. If these devs knew that 200 thumbs downs would get their product pulled I think they'd make a larger effort.
  10. jsp_1983

    jsp_1983 Well-Known Member

    As a new Android user, I find the pre-installation notifications about an app's access to various features on the phone/ Android are just too vague. In the end, I just find myself throwing caution to the wind.

    Still, I wouldn't mind knowing what exactly it is they're doing.
  11. Carl C

    Carl C Extreme Android User

    what's funny is that their was this type of infiltrating app on the market which people did download........ and did any of these "virus" apps detect it? I don't think so.......
  12. discohornet

    discohornet Well-Known Member

    Well but technically this wasn't a virus. It was a trojan program. The program probably worked fairly normal but the info being put in was getting stolen. A little differnet than a maliscious code meant to screw up a computer. But yes I get your point.
  13. XanaduL

    XanaduL Lurker

    Who doesnt read reviews and such before blindly installing stuff onto your phone? I just have a hard time believing anyone can do this, i wont even download a app if it doesnt have a significant amount of reviews, why waste your time by downloading with no info first? So confuseled!
  14. Isthmus

    Isthmus Android Expert

    I think that the best way to go about it is to exercise a bit of common sense. If you want a banking app, then download your bank's. if they don't have one, then pester them to introduce one. The same goes for any program that has access to your personal and/or financial data.
  15. QrafTee

    QrafTee Android Expert

    So in your world no one would download anything... I mean when an app is first introduced it would have 0 reviews, right?

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