The Android might be an open source OS and may have developers queing up for improving the applications but anything which is free comes with a hidden price tag. The BBC reports one such hidden thing " Lompolo initially found 21 apps bearing the viral code but, according to an investigation by mobile security site Android Police, the final tally is believed to involve more than 50. The apps are also known to be available on unofficial Android stores too.
Once a booby-trapped application is installed and run, the virus lurking within, known as DroidDream, sends sensitive data, such as a phone's unique ID number, to a remote server.
It also checks to see if a phone has already been infected and, if not, uses known exploits to bypass security controls and give its creator access to the handset. This bestows the ability to install any code on a phone or steal any information from it.
The latest version of the Android operating system, known as Gingerbread, is not vulnerable to the exploits DroidDream uses........