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April 19, 2013

Russian bug, BadNews found in 32 Android Apps

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Security research company Lookout have identified 32 separate apps on Google Play that anchors a bug called BadNews. On infected phones, BadNews stole cash by racking up charges from sending premium rate text messages.
The malicious program lay dormant on many handsets for weeks to escape detection, said security firm Lookout which uncovered BadNews.
The malware targeted Android owners in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other countries in eastern Europe.
The exact numbers of victims was hard to calculate, said Lookout, adding that figures from Google Play suggest that between two and nine million copies of apps booby trapped with BadNews were downloaded from the store.

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini