Here’s one alarming news article from DailyTech. If you download Jackeey Wallpaper from Google’s Android Market for your smartphone, you might want to start worrying just about now. The popular app has been exposed as potentially being a piece of malware designed to steal your personal info and send it to China.
John Hering, chief executive, and Kevin MaHaffey, chief technology officer at Lookout, a mobile security firm, revealed the stunning news at their presentation at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas today. States MaHaffey, “Even good apps can be modified to turn bad after a lot of people download it. Users absolutely have to pay attention to what they download. And developers have to be responsible about the data that they collect and how they use it.”
Jackeey Wallpaper was downloaded millions of times (between 1.1 million and 4.6 million to be precise). It offers popular wallpapers, such as My Little Pony and Star Wars. Other apps by developer iceskysl@1sters are also collecting similar info.
The app collects your phone’s SIM card number, subscriber identification, and even your voicemail password and sends it to www.imnet.us — a website owned by someone in Shenzhen, China.
The app warns when attempting to access your “phone info”, but many users have reportedly ignored this vague warning. If you do have this app, steer clear for now. Who knows how your personal information will be used.