The cyber-security wonks at Kaspersky have raised the alarm on a piece of malware for Android phones. The real target of the virus, though, isn't the phone -- it's the computer users will plug it into. The malware, which was available until recently in the Google Play store, masquerades as simple Android phone clean up apps going by the (slightly ironic) names SuperClean and DroidCleaner. Once the apps made it onto a computer, though, they doesn't clean up so much as clean house, copying sensitive data like photos and contact information to remote servers. That's not unnerving enough for you? Don't worry -- to turn the creep factor up to 11, the malware is also capable of turning on PC microphones to listen in on users and relay along those recordings to its shadowy overlords.
The idea of a karaoke app for a mobile device is kind of frightening. I am vehemently against anything that might encourage people to sing on public transit. Fortunately, someone has invented a Noiseless USB Karoake Microphone that lets you sing your little heart out without inspiring the violent rage of those in earshot. The only downside is looking like a lunatic, but chances are if you're interested in buying this sort of thing, looking like a lunatic probably isn't your biggest concern.