TrustGo Security Labs: New Android Virus Hits China’s Largest Wireless Provider Cybercriminals Target China Mobile’s Mobile Market, More than 100,000 Devices Infected
Santa Clara, Calif., July 6, 2012 – TrustGo Mobile Inc. (TrustGo), a leading mobile security company, today announced that TrustGo Security Labs has discovered a new virus targeting China Mobile’s Mobile Market hosted by China Mobile Ltd, China’s largest wireless provider. Named the Trojan!MMarketPay.A@Android, the virus automatically places orders and downloads paid apps and video content which can result in unexpectedly high phone bills. Since the discovery of Trojan!MMarketPay.A@Android on July 4th, the virus has been found in nine additional China android markets and has infected more than 100,000 devices.
China Mobile Limited is one of the largest wireless providers on the planet and has more than 600 million users. Currently, the majority of mobile malware is found in applications that originate from and attack third-party markets in China and Russia. The main source of Android-specific malware is the cloning, repackaging and modification of popular apps with intentionally malicious code.
“The ease and speed that malicious apps can be developed and distributed to unsuspecting users is one of the fastest growing security concerns,” said Xuyang Li, CEO of TrustGo. “Anyone with a smartphone or mobile device is a potential target. TrustGo’s mission is to make it easier and safer for users to download the Android apps they want, wherever they find them. We believe that TrustGo is the only security application that can detect and prevent threats like the Trojan!MMarketPay.A@Android through our patent pending Secure App Finder Engine™ (SAFE).”
To eradicate the virus, those infected can download TrustGo AntiVirus and Mobile Security™ app to uninstall the virus from their mobile devices. For more details about how the virus works and a list of the Android markets it has infected, log onto: http://blog.trustgo.com/mmarketpay-a-new-android-malware-found-in-the-wild-2/
Quick Tips for Securing Your Android Device
- Download a mobile security app before you update or download popular apps. Consider installing TrustGo AntiVirus and Mobile Security™ app so you can:
- Scan malware in real time and have full knowledge that the new app you’re downloading is the one you really want and not a malicious clone.
- Browse the web securely as TrustGo will notify you instantly when a site you’re browsing is known to be malicious or part of a phishing scheme.
About TrustGo Mobile Inc.
TrustGo Mobile Inc. (TrustGo), a leading mobile security company, provides users a simple way to keep their devices safe. TrustGo’s total security and management solution provides advanced cloud-based protection for smartphones and tablets. It gives users greater freedom and control in their mobile lives through a comprehensive approach to security. In addition to real-time protection from malicious apps, websites, privacy breaches, theft and identity leaks, TrustGo also offers robust mobile device management (MDM) and secure app discovery features. TrustGo was founded by web security veterans in 2011 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, California. TrustGo is available now on Google Play. For more information, please visit www.trustgo.com.
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