Symantec researchers have found a new piece of Android malware designed to take advantage of concerns about Carrier IQ's smartphone tracking software.

"'Android.Qicsomos is a modified version of an open source project meant to detect Carrier IQ on a device, with additional code to dial a premium SMS number,' said Symantec malware analyst Irfan Asrar in a blog post on Tuesday," writes Computerworld's Lucian Constantin.

"Upon installation, the rogue software displays a window that contains some information about the device and claims that the Carrier IQ rootkit was not found," Constantin writes. "Users are then presented with a button to uninstall the app. However, when this button is pressed, the Trojan sends an unauthorized SMS message to a premium-rate number registered by the malware's creators, earning them money in the process."

Go to "Carrier IQ detection tool converted to premium SMS Trojan" to read the details.

For regular security news updates, follow eSecurityPlanet on Twitter: @eSecurityP.