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First SMS Trojan for Android is in the wild

Discussion in 'Technology' started by Dialog, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Dialog

    Dialog TRIBE Member

    Premium rate scam will cost Google phoners dear
    By John Leyden

    10th August 2010 12:04 GMT
    The first text message-based Trojan to infect smartphones running Google's Android operating system has been detected in the wild.

    Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer-A poses as a harmless media player application and has already infected a number of mobile devices, Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab warns. Prospective marks are prompted to install a "media player file" of just over 13 KB with the standard Android .APK extension.

    Once installed, the Trojan begins sending SMS messages to premium-rate numbers without the owner’s knowledge or consent. Victims wind up with a huge bill while the cybercrooks behind the scheme earn a slice of the income. There have been isolated cases of devices running Android getting infected with spyware since last year, but this is the first occasion that an SMS-spewing Trojan, common in the world of mobile malware, has affected devices running Google's operating system.

    Denis Maslennikov, mobile research group manager at Kaspersky Lab, said the success of the Android platform in the marketplace has triggered increased interest from virus writers. The Russian security firm plans to respond to the increased threat with a new mobile security product, Kaspersky Mobile Security for Android, in early 2011.

    Users are advised to pay close attention to the services that an application requests access to during installation. If a user agrees to permit an application to access premium rate service during installation, the smartphone may then be able to make calls and send SMSs without further authorisation.

    In related news, BBC journalists created a mobile application with hidden spy functionality as part of an exercise designed to demonstrate how straightforward it has become to create a malicious application for a smartphone. The application was put together using standard components from software toolkits that developers use to create programs for handsets, an approach that might make the malware harder to detect. The malware was not released into the wild or placed in an app store so no hacking of innocent PCs or smartphones was involved. Thus the exercise was far less ethically fraught than BBC Click's botnet spamming jape last year.

    Application security firm Veracode helped BBC hack Mark Ward build the basic game of noughts-and-crosses with hidden backdoor spying functionality. "The spyware took up about 250 lines of the 1500 making up the entire program," Ward reports.



  2. glych t.anomaly

    glych t.anomaly TRIBE Member

    LOL, any idiot that accepts and installs a app from an SMS deserves this !

    as well, you can get programs to scan applications you download, before installing to verify they are clean.

    tis good to know though :)


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