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Android Trojan Displays Anti-Piracy PSA While Stealing Phone Data

Malware as a PSA?

Users who download pirated Android apps rather than paying for the legitimate versions on the Android Market may get called out by a high-minded Android Trojan.

An Android application is masquerading as a malicious program to teach phone owners the perils of downloading pirated software from third-party markets or file-sharing sites.

The offending application touts itself as a nonexistent version of a legitimate application Walk and Text currently available on the Android Market, Symantec researcher Irfan Asrar wrote on the company’s Symantec Connect blog on March 30. Walk and Text v. 1.3.7 can be found on several “renowned file-sharing Websites” throughout North America and Asia, he said. Symantec has identified this mobile Trojan as Android.Walkinwat.

The mobile application doesn’t take control of the Android device nor does it compromise user data in any permanent way, but it does collect personal information, such as names, phone numbers and IMEI information, Irfan said. The entire purpose of Android.Walkinwat is to catch and embarrass individuals who download pirated Android applications rather than paying for the legitimate version from the Android Market, Asrar said.

via Android Trojan Displays Anti-Piracy PSA While Stealing Phone Data – Security – News & Reviews – eWeek.com.

Google serves hot Gingerbread, unveils Android 2.3 and Nexus S

Google has revealed Android 2.3, codenamed Gingerbread, a new version of its popular mobile platform. It introduces a handful of modest user interface enhancements—such as a more refined touchscreen keyboard—and brings some noteworthy performance improvements that are largely intended to boost Android gaming.

Alongside the release of Android 2.3, Google has also announced plans to launch the Nexus S, a new smartphone that was developed in collaboration with Samsung. Much like Google’s Nexus One, the new phone in the Nexus series will be available unlocked with a pure Google experience. The unlocked version will be sold at Best Buy for $529 without subsidy, and T-Mobile will be selling it on contract for $199.

The aptly named Nexus S looks like the love child of the Nexus One and the Samsung Galaxy S. The touchscreen-only device has a four-inch curved “contour” Super AMOLED display, 1Ghz Hummingbird processor, 1GB of internal storage, and a 1500 mAH battery rated for 6.7 hours of talk time. The handset showcases some of the new hardware features of Android 2.3, such as support for near-field communication (NFC), which can be used for close-range contactless data exchange.

via Google serves hot Gingerbread, unveils Android 2.3 and Nexus S.