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Google Removes 26 Malware Infected Apps From Android Market

Search engine giant Google has moved to remove 26 applications from its Android Market application store that were infected with the DroidDream Light malware.

The infected applications are responsible for stealing personal data from thousands of unsuspecting Android users during the course of their existence.

According to mobile security firm Lookout, the rogue applications may have been developed by the same hackers who created the ‘DroidDream’ malware which had attacked Android Market in March. Google was forced to remove 21 apps that were infected with the malware at that time

Lookout said in a blog post (opens in new tab) that the DroidDream Light malware had infected 30,000 to 120,000 Android users before Google removed the applications.

The company said that developers Magic Photo Studio, Mango Studio, ET Team, BeeGoo, Droidplus and Glumobi were responsible for publishing malicious apps based on the malware on Android Market. Some of the rogue apps being offered by the developers include Sexy Legs. Floating Image Free, System Monitor and Call End Vibrate.

“The Lookout Security Team identified the malware thanks to a tip from a developer who notified us that modified versions of his app and another developer’s app were being distributed in the Android Market,” the company said.

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.