Android spyware records phone calls: researcher

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Security researcher Dinesh Venkatesan with CA Technologies, has discovered a new malware that can record a phone call made from an Android smartphone, and stores the recorded phone call on the phone’s SD card or internal storage as a .amr file at /shangzhou/callrecord.

 

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Researcher identifies malware that records call made on Android smartphones

Even worse, details of a remote server are contained in a configuration file which is installed on the smartphone, and this makes it possible for your recorded call to be uploaded to hackers.

 

This latest report of dangerous malware affecting smartphones is exactly why one App Store publisher, App Store Connect (ASC), recently partnered with Tencent’s new mobile security lab to make sure that the mobile applications provided by ASC’s mobile application stores are 100% safe for download and use by consumers.  ASC is one of the primary providers of  mobile applications in China and Tencent Mobile Security Lab is one of main providers of mobile security solutions in the world’s second largest economy.

 

Tencent’s deal with ASC, finalized in early July, is its first since it announced its Mobile Security Lab which uses Mobile Terminal Assurance Architecture. The partnership with Tencent means all of the applications made available on ASC powered  mobile application stores will be tested and certified using Tencent’s new state of the art mobile security engine before consumers download them to their mobile devices.

 

The cutting edge security provided by Tencent will ensure that smartphone users are protected from dangers and invasions of privacy like the malicious Chinese made program identified by Mr. Venkatesanwith. Chinese users of Android smartphones are more at risk from this malware because it was created and first distributed in China, so it is more likely to be inserted into applications that can be downloaded from questionable third party app stores or BBS.

 

The spyware identified by Mr. Venkatesanwith is not a single program but a piece of code available on the internet so any hacker can compile it and insert it into an app, although no apps on the official Google’s Android Market have yet been found to have this spyware.

 

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Author: David John Walker

Dave has a B.A. in Mathematics, loves writing and reading about the latest developments in technology and social media, and has been working as a freelance writer for five years.

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