|Oops! Yet more malware apps make it through Google's scanners on Google Play and infect the Android devices of users who downloaded them:|
Google Play Store Infected With Message Apps Having Surveillance Malware
The Google Play Store had been found to have three versions of spyware dubbed SonicSpy, according to security research firm Lookout. About 1,000 malware samples were also developed by the attacker, who was able to dump them in third-party Android app stores.
Attackers can deploy the SonicSpy spyware to get control of affected devices. Once the spyware is activated, it can record audio, take pictures, make phone calls, retrieve call logs, send text messages, and get information about the Wi-Fi access points used by the device.
The infected apps that are available in the Google Play Store include Soniac Messenger, Troy Chat, and Hulk Messenger. Soniac Messenger was downloaded between 1,000 and 5,000 times, according to threatpost.com. Although there is no trace of the three apps in the Play Store now, it is not clear whether Google took the corrective step or whether the developer removed them.
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Compare the security issues over time for Google Play (Android) and the App Store (iOS) and you'll see that using iOS and the App Store is far and away the safer choice for your smartphone or tablet.