Android Spy App Lands a Punch to Gmail Users


Over the years, some may have noticed that Gmail gets targeted alot by a number of malware, spyware, bugs, Trojans, computer and cell phone monitoring campaigns. Whether they are successful or not is a different story though some really arememorable too. Remember the deletion of emails affecting about 35,000 users back in 2011? The interesting part was Gmail claiming they never ‘lost’ the emails.
Anyway, the reasons for the targeting may vary at every instance. Might be because Gmail apps are most widely used and hence easy to target and infiltrate at mass levels, may be that since Google is an internet giant swimming in money, accessing it means big bucks. Or even that Google’s platform Android is the weak link. And in light of that, may also be that Google is just not doing enough to secure itself from attacks, that since the expansion of Google and the internet, it’s just unable to get a handle on itself.For instance though it launched Bouncer as a solution to malware, security experts bashed it as it was unable to identify actual malicious apps at the Play Store.

In all likeliness it seems to be all of the previously mentioned reasons. And with that, here comes another tale of how a malicious cell phone monitoring app disguised itself as another harmless Gmail app and attempted to sabotage the peace of mind of internet via smartphone users. Targeting Google users seems to be a past time now with hackers and malware professionals. And so this app has been found to be a Trojan and another fine example of an Android spy app.

NQ Mobile Detects Spy App

The security company NQ Mobile basically made the discovery and identified the app which had been curiously showing up as ‘DDSpy’. Basically this malware infiltrates a user’s smartphone by stealth and without the user ever being the smarter (since let’s face it, hardly any of us rethink anything Google linked) it begins with receiving remote commands. And then voila, you have an app that is monitoring your cell phone and pretty much tracing out all your important phone activities such as your call log, text message inbox, and voicemail.
The worst part is that the Trojan will go unnoticed in most users’ cases since it really is good at staying hidden and does not let on any signs that your cell phone is bugged. And while you carry on happy in your ignorance, all incoming and outgoing communication gets recorded and saved in a database to be sent remotely later via email.

Evolving Threat

This particular Android Spy app also contains potential to later become a cell phone tracker. The GPS location data uploading interface remains a possibility for the future. The app has been designed with ingenuity one must say with more than enough room for it to develop into a future king of spyware nightmare. So now already hair raising Android Trojans known to dig out valuable and private information from their smartphones such as the Nickispy, DroidDream, DroidKungFu, GGTracker, Foncy, and UpdtBot have some major competition from DDSpy.
And now how and what to do to save yourself from this particular threat… Well seeing as how Google Plus comes pre-installed with every Android on the market as of late, it should not be so tough a job. You see with a little precaution on your side all you have to do is stop blindly trusting everything that comes with a Google tag. Avoid all strange looking apps you see at the Google Play Store and get yourself protected with some good anti-spyware for Android tool. There are many available in the market for cheap prices and to save your Android from future spyware punches thanks to Trojan malware, it would be a good idea to get one now.

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  1. This will really make the situation worse … GMail is everything for many Android users. Google should take some steps quickly to fix this up.

    Robin.

  2. “stop blindly trusting everything that comes with a Google tag. “, I definitely agree with this statment. Be careful in choosing what to install in your Android smartphone, don’t be too trusting just because it’s Google.

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