Malicious Android virus Android.Counterclank spreading in the wild, largest infection so far this year

Heads up Android users: Symantec has just identified a certain nasty bug going around targeting Android devices, hiding inside legitimate apps. Dubbed Android.Counterclank, Symantec says the bug is a bot-like threat that can receive commands to trigger certain actions, as well as steal information on any device it’s in. This particularly nasty piece of malware is currently the biggest distribution of any malware identified so far this year, meaning it’s currently spreading like wildfire. Symantec has helpfully provided a list of applications that this bug has been riding in, so if you have downloaded ANY of the apps below, it’d be best if you uninstall the app and do a wipe on your device. Another way to identify if this bug is currently residing in your phone is the  presence of a Search icon above on the home screen, and if there are two instances of an app running when you open it.

Publisher Malicious App Title Category
iApps7 Inc Counter Elite Force Arcade & Action
iApps7 Inc Counter Strike Ground Force Arcade & Action
iApps7 Inc CounterStrike Hit Enemy Arcade & Action
iApps7 Inc Heart Live Wallpaper Entertainment
iApps7 Inc Hit Counter Terrorist Arcade & Action
iApps7 Inc Stripper Touch girl Entertainment
Ogre Games Balloon Game Sports Games
Ogre Games Deal & Be Millionaire Sports Games
Ogre Games Wild Man Arcade & Action
redmicapps Pretty women lingerie puzzle Photography
redmicapps Sexy Girls Photo Game Lifestyle
redmicapps Sexy Girls Puzzle Brain & Puzzle
redmicapps Sexy Women Puzzle Brain & Puzzle

Source: Symantec