Android’s first malware threat of the year has emerged and, according to Symantec, it has received between 1 million and 5 million downloads.
The Trojan horse known as Android.Counterclank has been distributed across 13 Android Market applications under multiple publisher profiles.
Malicious apps including the Trojan range from gaming downloads such as Counter Elite Force and CounterStrike Ground Force from iApps7 Inc. to adult offerings like Sexy Girls Photo Game from redmicapps.
A variant of the Android.Tonclank Trojan, Counterclank secretly collects private data stored on your Google-powered device and may allow hackers to conduct other dastardly activities through infected handsets.
Users may identify if their handset has been affected by the Trojan if they see an “apperhand” search icon, the malicious package which grafts itself to the main application, on the homescreen of their smartphone.
For more information on the apps infected by Counterclank and further information on the Android hacker threat, head over to Symantec’s website.
Check out our guide to protecting your smartphone from malware here.