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Russian Malware makes it into the Google Play Store

Mobile security company Lookout are warning Android users there were 32 separate apps on the Google Play Store which contained the hidden "BadNews" malware. When activated, it sent SMS messages to premium text lines which the malware authors, thought to originate in Russia, then collected. It also targeted users in Russia and surrounding countries, according to the BBC

Google has suspended the developer accounts which were used to create and upload the Apps.

There was no identifiable pattern to the types of app infected - they ranged from games and recipies right through to innocent-looking wallpaper apps.

With estimates of up to 9 million downloads, it seems the developers knew it was only a matter of time before being caught - hence this being termed a "digital smash and grab" type operation.