More malware apps sneak into Google Market

More malware targeting Google Android devices but pretending to be legit apps managed to sneak into Google Market over the long holiday weekend, and Google did take steps to yank them, according to a mobile security firm.

Approximately 25 apps were pulled from Google Market by Google, according to Lookout Mobile Security, which has taken to calling this round of Google apps malware “Droid Dream Light.” The firm said about 30,000 to 120,000 users appear to have been infected by them prior to the discovery they were malicious apps. The list of infected applications includes those by the names “Magic Photo Studio,” “Mango Studio,” “E.T. Tean,” and “BeeGoo.” According to Lookout, the malicious components of the Droid Dream Light apps are not dependent on manual launch of the installed application to trigger its behavior.

The Dream Droid Light episode related to the Android Market comes after the so-called “DroidDream” attack of early March where more than 50 malicious apps were discovered on Google Market, prompting a sense of heightened concern among Google Android users and the security community, with Google vowing to try to prevent this from occurring in the future.

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