DroidDream Light continues to plague users of mobile devices based on Google’s Android mobile operating system, asresearchers recently discovered a new variant of the malware.
Security professionals with Lookout Security made the announcement shortly after uncovering several applications in the Android Market tainted with the new form of DroidDream Light. This is the third such time this year that Google’s app marketplace has been infiltrated by the malware.
In a company blog post, Lookout Security said Google had worked quickly to remove the four infected mobile apps.
“Fortunately the malware was available in the Android Market for a short period of time so the number of downloads was limited to 1,000 [to] 5,000,” the company stated.
According to researchers, the affected apps include Quick FallDown, Scientific Calculator, Bubble Buster and Best Compass & Leveler. It’s important to note that a legitimate app similar to Best Compass & Leveler exists. The difference is that the malware-infected version capitalizes the package name – com.gb.CompassLeveler – while the real app does not – com.gb.compassleveler, according to Lookout.
Though the malicious apps have already been deleted from the Android Market, mobile users with Android-based devices must remain vigilant against such Internet security threats. DroidDream Light has already targeted Android-based devices in March and June of this year.
Lookout security said the same authors are likely behind all three versions of the malware.
Moving forward, one report recently predicted that 5 percent of all Android-based devices, as well as iPhones, will be infected with malware. While that may seem low, the figure must be taken in the context that Android currently garners 38.1 percent of the global smartphone market, according to new figures from research firm comScore.