It seems that the Android master key which is said to be able to open up a whole new world for those with the technical know how as well as malicious intent, has been exploited. Symantec shared this bit of information concerning the exploit that has affected a couple of Chinese health apps. While Google did roll out a patch to manufacturers a couple of weeks ago in order to ensure that this exploit will not happen to any handset owner, but the patch has yet to arrive on all handsets yet.
Good thing these two apps that are being distributed in China have been discovered by Symantec, and we do hope that the offending app will be removed from the Google Play store soon, lest others too fall victim to the scam. As always, it pays to use the official app from any developer, and it would bode you well to steer clear of dodgy sites that claim to offer free apps which will normally require you to fork out a sum of money beforehand, big or small. Popularity of the app itself does play a major role, too. Image courtesy of Symantec.