Creepy Android malware jumps from your phone to your PC
NBC News, Suzanne Choney
A new and frightening form of Android malware travels from the phone
to a PC, where it can then open files on a computer, as well as collect
information from contacts and gather photos among other invasive
"We have come across PC malware that infects mobile
devices before. However, in this case it's the other way round: an app
that runs on a mobile device (a smartphone) is designed to infect PCs,"
writes Victor Chebyshev, Kaspersky Lab expert, on the company's Securelist blog.
Android apps, Superclean and "a twin brother," DroidCleaner, bill
themselves as apps that can free up memory on phones, in turn helping
them to run faster. They don't do that at all. Instead, once a user
syncs his or her phone with a PC, say to update a music playlist, or for
any reason, the malware is installed on the PC, and can infect
workstations, Chebyshev says.