Lookout Security has in Google's Android Market Play- discovered 32 apps infected with malware. This new malware family calls it "Badnews". The apps are from four developers and they were statistics from the Google Play downloaded According to at least two and up to nine million times.
The programs are especially used for premium SMS scam by the Trojan AlphaSMS. More than half of the 32 malicious apps is in Russian. Also AlphaSMS was developed for premium SMS fraud in Russia and its neighboring countries. One of the three command and control server is located in Germany, the other two in Ukraine and in Russia. Lookout is currently working on its shutdown.
Lookout has also notified Google. The apps and the associated developer accounts were then locked on Google Play, further investigation is underway. Badnews namely masquerades as ad network, supposedly can generate advertising revenue with the developer. In fact, it is malware. Whether the developers saw it that is still under consideration.
The malicious code in any case uses his ability to start installation prompts for apps and display fake news updates, for fraud with premium SMS and for cross-promotion of other harmful apps. To Badnews apps include dictionaries and diet apps as well as popular games.
Lookout Badnews known as a remarkable development in the evolution of mobile malware: "Firstly, the malware has reached a very wide spread, on the other hand uses a server to delay their behavior over time and so not to be noticed at a first security check."
As a protective measure recommends Lookout Android users to download apps carefully. You should refer only apps from sources known and trusted developers. It also advises to check the permissions an app to check that it makes what it claims.