Malicious Android Wallpaper App Steals User Data From Over Million Users

July 29, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

A malicious wallpaper app on the Android Market, created by Jackeey Wallpaper, has been reported to steal user data from more than a million users that downloaded the app and send it to a Chinese website called www.imnet.us. The data to be stolen includes subscriber identification, SIM card numbers, voicemail passwords and text messages.

Mobile security company Lookout, which discovered the app during its App Genome Project that studies the content available on iPhone and Android apps, has said that the app pretends to be a provider of a wide range of wallpapers, including of branded mobile wallpapers such as Star Wars and My Little Pony. Speaking at the Black Hat conference on security held at Las Vegas, the company’s CEO John Hering revealed that the download count for the malicious app was between 1.1 million to 4.6 million.

Lookout has also found that most of the apps available on the iOS and Android platforms, access the user’s personal data on a regular basis and many other apps employ third-party code for different services including advertising. The company has suggested that Google and Apple should check and remove any malicious content from their app stores and has also advised users to be vigilant.

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