Mobile & Gadgets

`Gone in 60 Seconds

Google wipes out the 5 "gone in 60 seconds" spy apps for Android

 If you have been following us in the past few days, you might remember our report on applications from the Android Market that, once installed, would start uploading various pieces of information from the user’s handset to a remote location controlled by an attacker.

We immediately informed Google staff of these high-risk applications offered by CreativeDogs : “Gone in 60 seconds UN”,  “gi60s – reveal secrets UN”, “gi60s – reveal secrets”, “Gone in 60 seconds” and “Get secret data in 60 seconds” (detected by Bitdefender as Android.Spyware.GoneSixty.Gen).  The pages have now been shut down and the apps wiped from the Android Market.

The app developer had advertised its tools as for “study purpose” only but noted that, once installed on somebody’s phone, it would send all messages, recent calls, browsing history and other information on the phone to a remote location. It would get the job done in 60 seconds and then uninstall – quick and discrete. To access the data, the attacker could go to the developer’s site and pay $5.

Since this spyware trend will likely continue as Android gains users, we recommend  you install an antivirus solution for mobile phones and pay extra attention to what applications you install and who you allow access to your device.

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About the author

Loredana BOTEZATU

A blend of teacher and technical journalist with a pinch of e-threat analysis, Loredana Botezatu writes mostly about malware and spam. She believes that most errors happen between the keyboard and the chair. Loredana has been writing about the IT world and e-security for well over five years and has made a personal goal out of educating computer users about the ins and outs of the cybercrime ecosystem.

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