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New Round Of Android Malware Could Affect 100,000 Users

'DroidDream Light' applications spotted in the wild
Google Android malware developers have released at least 25 malicious applications to the official Android Market, possibly infecting 100,000 or more users, researchers say.

Researchers at Juniper Networks said in a blog yesterday that at least four Android Market developer accounts "have published pirated applications that were stuffed with malicious code that resemble the capabilities seen most recently in the Myournet/DroidDream family of malicious applications."

Dubbed “DroidDream Lite,” the new apps don't require a manual start of the Droid application -- the malicious code is invoked upon receipt of a phone call. After collecting data about the phone, DroidDream Lite can download and install additional applications and malware, the Juniper researchers say.

"It does not appear as if DroidDream Lite has the ability to install these additional applications in the background, so user intervention is necessary," the researchers say. "It is possible that the device identifying information that is collected will be used to register the device to the third-party server and used to allow infected devices to download the additional applications."

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