Our Lab expert says it has observed a number of Android apps being `repackaged’ with advertisement modules or malicious code added in, so generating revenue for the repackagers.
The good news for Android device users is that they get their apps for free, but, says our Lab expert, it also shows how easy it is for hackers to clone an existing app for their own darker usage.
The repackaging of Android apps is not that new, as it saw variations of the trend with Google advertisements two years ago, although “in that case it was rogue or scareware that was being pushed by the advertisements.”
“What is interesting about the case is: Android application repackaging. We’ve seen this tactic being used quite frequently in the last few year, as it seems to be the favoured `quick; way for malware authors to produce new Android malware”, says our Lab expert.
Our Lab expert goes on to say that this seems to be a popular way for developers to produce new and clean apps, although it adds that, because Android apps are coded in Java, they have a very low thresholds for cloning, since there are few real barriers to reverse engineering the code.
“However, since the repackaging was most likely done without the consent of the original expert (s), the repackaged app would probably be considered pirated, or at least intellectual property theft to the original developer” it adds.
Our Lab expert asserts that this is still something of a grey area.
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