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Google Gets Rid Of More Malware Infected Apps Reveals Assistant Professor

According to a new report, last week saw Google pulling off a few more malware-infected apps from its Android Market.

The revelation was made by Xuxian Jiang, an assistant professor in computer science at North Carolina State University. He claimed that the Android maker removed 10 applications from its store on June 5.

Interestingly Mr. Jiang is the same person who discovered these malware-infected apps and reported the issue to the company. He also published an in-depth analysis (opens in new tab) of the malicious code, named Plankton, last Thursday.

Another researcher, Andrew Brandt, who works as a research analyst at Webroot, carried out his own research on Plankton.

"It has the ability to remotely access a command-and-control [C&C] server for instructions, and upload additional payloads," Brandt said.

"It uses a very stealthy method to push any malware it wants to phone," he added.

However, Plankton was not the lone-threat that Android users were facing. Mr. Jiang and his team reported few more malicious threats to Google which included the likes of the DroidKungFu and "YZHCSMS," a Trojan horse.

Out of these two, the YZHCSMS was of higher threat level as it was well capable of sending hidden text messages to premium numbers, thus resulting in a fatter phone bills for the victims.

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.