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Security Alert: New Spyware on Android Devices Identified

BEIJING Feb. 25, 2011 Hong Tou Tou

Once installed, SW.SecurePhone will run in the background without any icon displayed. It will monitor the phone and collect data to save on the SD card. The data, including messages, call log, location of the phone, recorded sounds around the phone and pictures in the phone, will then be uploaded to a remote server every 20 minutes. This will compromise privacy as well as use internet traffic. This spyware is mainly distributed in the U.S through downloading from internet.

SW.Qieting automatically forwards messages received to a monitoring phone without the user’s awareness. Meanwhile, there is no icon displayed after installation, hardly can the user be aware of the application being installed.

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To stay safe, NetQin suggests users follow the tips below when using the phone:

  1. Download applications from trusted sources and do check reviews, ratings and developer information before downloading.
  2. Never blindly accept application requests. Closely monitor permissions requested by any application; an application should not request to do more than what it offers in its official list of features;
  3. Be on alert for unusual fee deduction, as this may be a sign that your phone is infected.

About NetQin

China January 2011

SOURCE NetQin Mobile Inc.

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