Google scans billions of “potentially harmful apps” on the Play store, but a malware app has slipped through, and is automatically rooting phones it infects. The since-scuppered malware masqueraded as a spirit level application dubbed Level Dropper. When installed it would root Android devices and install additional applications to generate advertising revenue. Lookout chief strategy officer Colin Streicher found in tests that Level Dropper installed 14 applications 30 minutes after the app is first run.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: The Register