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Google's Android Market Invaded By Malicious Apps

Google's official Android Market was reportedly flooded with more than 50 malicious apps which have apparently since been removed by the company.

Hackers managed to steal around 21 popular and legitimate Android apps and inject them with malware capable of granting remote access to a device, installing more malicious code and opening backdoors to a smartphone.

Some of the applications injected with malware include Falling Down, Super Guitar Solo, Super History Eraser and Photo Editor.

Reddit contributor Lompolo, who was first to notice the problem, confirmed that the infected apps had received 50,000 to 200,000 downloads within a period of four days.

Google reacted quickly to deal with the situation and deleted the contaminated apps from the Market. The company, apart from banning the developers responsible for the act, also remotely wiped the applications from users' devices.

Rik Ferguson, senior security advisor at Trend Micro, believes that merely deleting the rogue apps from victims' devices won't help if the apps have installed other malicious programmes.

“So if you are one of the estimated 50,000 people who have downloaded these malicious apps it could be worth your while investigating the possibility of getting a replacement handset or reinstalling the operating system on the one you have if possible,” Ferguson warned in a blog post.