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Ratting on Android’s Security Flaw

You can trap rats with a mouse but how do your prevent RATs from attacking your Android phone? All Android phones are at risk, no matter the version. From late 2012, underground forums have been offering a free Android RAT (Remote Access Tools) known as AndroRAT (Android.Dandro). Now, the underground has created the first tools (called “binders”) that easily allow users who are not very tech savvy to repackage and Trojanize (infect) legitimate Android applications with AndroRAT and it is sold for only 37USD. According to Juniper Networks’ Third Annual Mobile Threats Report, there were more than 276,000 malicious apps for mobile devices discovered from March 2012 through March 2013. The Android platform, with an estimated two thirds of the mobile market share in 2012, is the target of 92 percent of that malware.

What does the AndroRat do?

When running on a device, AndroRAT can monitor and make phone calls and SMS messages, get the device’s GPS coordinates, activate and use the camera and microphone and access files stored on the device. The perfect handphone spy, imagine the implications of this RAT and Binder combination, all your movements and whatever you write and receive, can be tracked by anyone, as long as your phone is switched on. It is the ultimate spy, and photos can be even taken without you knowing and your conversations recorded and listened in on.

Rats! That’s scary!

Yes it is, and what’s more. I think this is just the tip of the iceberg. Users love free apps that are usually sold on the appstore or on play. If you find another source with a free working version, there is a high probability that it would have been compromised. Is this the way to finally deter users from getting and downloading programs for free? It sure looks like it!

Have I been RATted on?

Thankfully, there is a way to root out the Rats that come attached to real and actual applications that you may want to download – the Norton Mobile Security app, available FREE on the Play Store. Find out if you have already been infected today, and protect yourself! Besides using it as a virus scanner, there are other features that make it worth downloading. To find out more, click here.

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