Remember the pre-Christmas Carrier IQ controversy where hidden tracking software was found to be installed on Android handsets? Well now security researchers have found smartphone malware posing as removal tool for Carrier IQ spyware.
According to Symantec , the French hackers behind Android.Qicsomos have modified their malware from an open source project designed to detect Carrier IQ software so that handsets are now programmed to dial a premium rate SMS number.
At present, Android.Qicsomos is nowhere to be found on the Android Market leading Symantec to suspect a phishing campaign is responsible for the app’s spread.
In other malware news, F-Secure are reporting the emergence of a devious Russian Android market app which claims to unlock hidden features in your smartphone but instead sends SMS messages from your phone to a premium rate number.
To finish on a positive note, Symantec’s Irfan Asrar has some warm words on exactly how afraid you should be about 2012′s impending malware apocalypse.
“With all the bold predications being made about the state of the mobile threat landscape in 2012, one can be forgiven for being little skeptical about their significance,” explained the Symantec expert. “But to any skeptics out there, I can assure you some concerns, such as this threat, are not without merit.”