Phishing attack hits the Android Marketplace

The Android Marketplace, where Android phone users download and purchase apps from, was hit by a phishing attack in late December when an app by the name of "Droid09" was released and pretended to connect users to their online banking accounts, instead stealing their banking credentials and putting their financial information at risk.

Commenting on the "Droid09" phishing app a Google spokesperson told WalletPop "The Android Market Content Policy clearly states that we don't allow applications on Android Market to identify themselves with third-party marks without permission. If an application violates the content policy, we will remove it from Android Market, and developer accounts will be terminated for repeated violations."

The developer has been banned, but It's not clear how many people downloaded the fraudulent app before it was pulled by Google. Users who downloaded the app, or think they may have, should be sure to visit the "My Downloads" section of their Android phone to remove the application.