A new flavor of Android malware is disgusing itself as a Google+ app in an attempt to capture instant messages, GPS, location, call logs, and other sensitive data. Uncovered by the team at Trend Micro, the new malware known as ANDROIDOS_NICKISPY.C can also automatically answer and record phone calls. To capture data, the app loads at boot-up and runs certain services that can monitor messages, phone calls, and the user’s location, thereby stealing e-mail and other content. Detailing its findings in a blog last Friday, Trend Micro discovered that the malicious app tries to trick people by installing itself under the name Google++.
Just so you know… malware is to computers what angry atheists are to life on planet earth.
- New Android Malware Hides as Google+ App, Answers Calls for You (techcrunch.com)