Android Users Beware: Mobile Malware May Be Recording Your Calls

These days, mobile technologies have seemingly endless possibilities. The efficiency and portability of new software applications for technologies on-the-go have both consumers and providers alike excited about the future of the industry.

Like all new technologies, however, mobile devices’ evolving capabilities have introduced a surge of new security threats. Cyber criminals are adapting malware to the new mobile platform while security providers scramble to keep up.

According to recent findings from researchers at CA Technologies, the newest and creepiest mobile malware to hit the market is an advanced Trojan that has the capability to record conversations on infected Android smartphones.

Unlike its earlier strains, which had the ability to log the duration and numbers of incoming and outgoing calls, this new mobile malware is more advanced as it records the conversation itself in “amr” format.

Once the malware is installed in the victim device, it drops a “configuration” file that contains key information about the remote server and the parameters. As the device’s user begins a conversation, the Trojan stores the recorded call in a directory in the SDCard. These conversations may then be uploaded to a server under the control of hackers.

Luckily, the Trojan has not yet been given the ability to install on its own. As of now, the malware requires consent from the victims to download and grant it permissions like record audio, read the state of a phone and prevent it from sleeping.

“As it is already widely acknowledged that this year is the year of mobile malware, we advice the smartphone users to be more logical and exercise the basic security principles while surfing and installing any applications,” explained CA researcher Dinesh Venkatesan.

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