Google apparently has used a kill switch to remove 21 malware-infected apps from both its Android Market and from people's Android devices.
Calling the Trojan the "mother of all Android malware," enthusiast site Android Police
said yesterday the infected apps were discovered by a Reddit user
. That Reddit user found that pirated versions of legitimate apps were infected by a Trojan called DroidDream, which uses a root exploit dubbed "rageagainstthecage" to compromise a device.
This piece of malware is especially virulent because it apparently cannot only capture user and product information from a device but also has the ability to download more code capable of further damage. The 21 apps in question, all now taken down but still listed by Android Police, came from a publisher named Myournet. However, mobile security vendor Lookout
and other sources said yesterday that DroidDream has so far shown up in more than 50 Android apps, including ones from other publishers.