In the Android Market, several apps have been detected with the new threat, the Android.Counterclank. Symantec, has identified the new threat that is in the Android Market. This has affected a large number of apps and the smartphones across the world.
The Trojan or malicious software, Android.Counterclank leaves the device easy to access for the hackers once it is installed. They can gain the access to the vital and sensitive information using the device.
As of now, the applications from various developers like iApps7 Inc, Redmicapps and Ogre Games atre identified with the Trojan that distributes free puzzle and game applications on the app store of Android. In these affected apps, the malicious code is grafted on the main app in the package known as apperhand.
When the package is executed, a same named service will be running on the device. The other sign is the presence of a search icon on the home screen. The Android.Counterclank is a modified version of Android.Tonclank, the older version that was identified in June 2011. This was responsible for stealing the information from the affected devices without the knowledge of the users.
The new one is quite dangerous as it not only steals the details but also offers the hackers access to vary the content on the device. It can also read the push notifications that comes. Android operating system is quite secure as it prompts or asks the users whenever an application is installed. But most users do not see this and simply allows them to install.
To be secure, users have to ensure that they go through the permissions before installing the apps. If they find something suspicious, they have to avoid installing the particular software. As of now, there is not solution for this but it might arrive soon. Users can try an anti-virus application to get rid of the Trojan but if it doesn't work, they have to make use of a hard reset.