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Security firm discovers two Android apps infected with 'master key' bug malware

By Angela Haggerty | Reporter

July 24, 2013 | 2 min read

Security firm Symantec claims to have found the first known glimmers of an Android “master key” in two apps distributed in China just weeks after the bug was identified by Bluebox.

Discovery: The bug and infected apps have been found this month

The software flaw means hackers can take control of any Android device by installing code and users were warned after the news emerged to be extra cautious when downloading apps.

Symantec said it had discovered two apps in China used to find and make doctor appointment which had been affected by “Android.Skullkey” malware, which could steal data, monitor text messages and send texts to premium numbers.

The firm is urging smartphone owners using the Android operating system to ensure they are downloading apps only from reputable marketplaces but advised affected users could remove the software manually through their settings menu.

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