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New Trojan Could Be Trouble For Android Users

Android malware is first to be able to receive instructions remotely and join botnets
A new, more sophisticated Trojan for Android devices has been spotting lurking on third-party Chinese Android app markets, researchers said last week.

According to a report by Help Net Security, researchers at the security firm Lookout believe the new Trojan, dubbed "Geinimi," is the first-ever piece of Android malware that has the capability to receive instructions from a remote server and thus become part of a botnet.

"Geinimi is attached to compromised versions of legitimate applications -- mostly games such as Monkey Jump 2, President vs. Aliens, City Defense, and Baseball Superstars 2010," the report states.

"So far, Geinimi has been spotted being distributed only through third-party Chinese app stores," according to Help Net Security. "Versions of these applications on the official Google Android Market have not been compromised."

Until now, the server hasn't been spotted sending instructions to the Trojan, so its final purpose is not yet clear, the researchers told Help Net Security. The malware can download and prompt the user to install or uninstall an app or transmit a list of all the installed apps on the device to the server.

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