With personal gadgets becoming more capable and connected than ever before, there’s reason to worry. Software and services like Prey and “Find My iPhone” can be used to remotely capture photos through a webcam, spy on a computer’s activity and track the whereabout of anyone possessing the device.
Software like this is intended to side device owners against people acting in bad faith — but the evils can also use the same capabilities on your gadgets against you.
According to CA Security Advisor Research Blog, a recently discovered Trojan on Android is capable of recording phone conversations in “.amr” format and store it in the memory card — on top of other features seen in older Android Trojans.
Once installed, the Trojan will keep a configuration file containing information about a remote server on the victim’s device, and it’s everyone’s guess whether it’d be used to upload conversations it recorded without the owner’s knowledge.
Since the Trojan can only carry out its act after the device owner grants it the required permissions, the best way to prevent the Trojan from getting on your device is to be extra careful when granting permissions to new applications.