Sockbot Android Malware Found in Eight Apps on the Google Play Store

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The apps in question had the legitimate objective of providing skins to change the look of characters in the popular game Minecraft: Pocket Edition.

Android Police initially spotted the changes, and although the core functionality of Google Play Music on Android TV remains mostly unchanged, the updated interface looks much more modern and a lot cleaner.

Google has removed eight apps from the official Play Store that were infected with the Sockbot Android malware.

At the surface, those apps would provide an actual in-game use (the provided example, shown to the right, is an assassin character skin).

Once the connection was established, the app was instructed to connect to another server, from which it received a list of ads and associated metadata (ad type, screen size name).

The security team believes the apps were originally aimed at generating illegitimate ad revenue.

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"Android.Sockbot is a Trojan horse for Android devices that creates a SOCKS proxy on the compromised device", Symantec said on its website. "In addition to enabling arbitrary network attacks, the large footprint of this infection could also be leveraged to mount a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack".

In general, it might be a good idea to think about whether you really need that slightly sketchy-looking app from a mysterious developer before you load it onto a device that contains most of your personal information. "Additionally, the developer signs each app with a different developer key, which helps to avoid static analysis-based heuristics as well".

The malware primarily targets the U.S., but victims have also been spotted in Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, and Germany.

While it is highly endorsed to wait until the official updates of any app, not just the Google Play Store, instead of downloading and installing APK files online, if you are comfortable with the procedure, you may proceed downloading the latest version sized at 12.06 MB.

Install a suitable mobile security app in order to protect your device and data.

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