I've been avoiding this one for a few days because it doesn't really seem like much of an issue to me, but it hasn't gone away, so I've changed my tune. Maybe this post will help somebody from getting a Trojan - and that has to count for some brownie points or something, right?
For the past few days, security-app maker Lookout (who you may remember for their App Genome Project) has been warning folks about a new AndVirus (yeah, just made that up) they've found called Geinimi. Word on the street is that this bad boy steals user data, and shows signs of "botnet-like capabilities." Scary stuff, indeed. At the moment, it looks like the virus is only being distributed in China via third-party app stores and has yet to make it into the official Android Market.
The apps in question are mainly games:
There are a number of applications—typically games—we have seen repackaged with the Geinimi Trojan and posted in Chinese app stores, including Monkey Jump 2, Sex Positions, President vs. Aliens, City Defense and Baseball Superstars 2010. It is important to remember that even though there are instances of the games repackaged with the Trojan, the original versions available in the official Google Android Market have not been affected
Sorry to put the kibosh on your downloading-games-from-unofficial-Chinese-app-markets habit, reader. Don't hold it against us.