The Android Market was once again infiltrated by malware, as a handful of premium service abusers (which we detect as ANDROIDOS_RUFRAUD.A) posed as legitimate apps were uploaded to the site. A few users were able to install the malicious apps before Google took them down– a fast reaction due to the quick responses from vigilant users and security firms.
Although the malicious apps are now off the Android Market, we must all be consistently on guard for malicious apps that may be able to find their way there in the future. Especially with Android offering their 10-cent sale to celebrate their 10 billion downloads, users are more likely to install offered apps to take advantage of the apps’ low cost.
To help users keep their Android device malware-free as they load them with more cool apps, in this post we will point out some key items to keep in mind before installing apps:
Be familiar with the developer/s behind popular apps
Cybercriminals regularly leverage certain apps’ popularity and attempt to do so by imitating the popular apps. But since they can not pose as the original developers, the developer’s name can be a good indicator for legitimacy. For example, the real Android Market page for the game Angry Birds shows that it was developed by Rovio Mobile, while the malicious one was developed by a user named Logastrod:
Users can also check the developer’s profile for other apps. Google also offers developer ratings, as well as the status “Editor’s Choice” that can further validate the developer’s legitimacy.