First Android SMS Trojan Released into the Wild

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Android users beware! The first malicious program to specifically target the Android smartphone platform has been released into the wild. A malware known as the Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a, has been detected and is known to have infected a number of mobile devices.

According to Kaspersky Lab, the malicious program disguises itself as a harmless media player application and prompts users to install a small .apk file unto the device. Upon consent to install the app, the Trojan gains access to make calls and send SMSs on the smartphone without further authorization.

As a precaution for every app installation, users should always double check what the application is requesting access to – this is very important. The SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a malware gains access to premium rate services that charge users to send SMSs and make calls. As a result, the Trojan is able to send SMS to premium rate numbers without the user’s permission, resulting in money passing from the user’s account to that of the cybercriminals.

Denis Maslennikov, Mobile Research Group Manager at Kaspersky Lab, quotes:

“The IT market research and analysis organization IDC has noted that those selling devices running Android are experiencing the highest growth in sales among smartphone manufacturers. As a result, we can expect to see a corresponding rise in the amount of malware targeting that platform,”

The Kaspersky Lab plans to release Kaspersky Mobile Security for Android early next year to counter this growing threat to the Android platform.

For more information on this malware visit the Kaspersky website by clicking HERE.

Source: Kaspersky Labs

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Salim Ibrahim
Salim is an Instructional Technologist and an e-learning Administrator for a University in the New England area. He enjoys making recommendations on various technology applications especially open source projects. Android devices have been on his most recommended list since he first purchased his T-Mobile G1 in March of 2009. He recently upgraded to the Samsung Vibrant from a T-Mobile MyTouch 3G. He wishes all smart phones were Android based.

  • cy2b

    Kaspersky kicks ass.

  • cy2b

    Kaspersky kicks ass.

  • John

    I wonder if Kaspersky developed the app themselves to gain press and attention to their software creating a reason for their existence. Just my $0.02.

  • John

    I wonder if Kaspersky developed the app themselves to gain press and attention to their software creating a reason for their existence. Just my $0.02.

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    use super security for now it caught that very same app and canceled the download thank you super security

  • http://workmanincorporated.yolasite.com Workman Incorporated

    use super security for now it caught that very same app and canceled the download thank you super security

  • s15274n

    Did I miss the most important part of the article?

    WHAT IS THE APP’S NAME?

    • Salim Ibrahim

      It’s a malware that comes in a shape of an app of some sort – usually as media player. The Trojan is called Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a but you may not necessarily notice it right away.

      The key here is to make sure that when installing an app you pay attention to some red flags i.e. if you download a media player app that is requesting SMS/messaging access then that could be suspicious since media players do not ordinarily need SMS/Messaging features.

      Installing Super Security could also help.

  • s15274n

    Did I miss the most important part of the article?

    WHAT IS THE APP’S NAME?

    • Salim Ibrahim

      It’s a malware that comes in a shape of an app of some sort – usually as media player. The Trojan is called Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a but you may not necessarily notice it right away.

      The key here is to make sure that when installing an app you pay attention to some red flags i.e. if you download a media player app that is requesting SMS/messaging access then that could be suspicious since media players do not ordinarily need SMS/Messaging features.

      Installing Super Security could also help.

  • WALID

    Like said, when i was reafing the article I was wondering. Kasprersky announces the threat and announces the remedy that sure u will pay for. Correct me if I am wrong but this is going to be the first antivirus for ANDROID, right?

    • Salim Ibrahim

      Kaspersky has only confirmed what the Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a is and what it does. Though they have plans to release a security suite for Android next year there are already several antivirus apps on the Android market. Kaspersky’s Mobile Security solution is not exclusive to this malware threat.

  • WALID

    Like said, when i was reafing the article I was wondering. Kasprersky announces the threat and announces the remedy that sure u will pay for. Correct me if I am wrong but this is going to be the first antivirus for ANDROID, right?

    • Salim Ibrahim

      Kaspersky has only confirmed what the Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a is and what it does. Though they have plans to release a security suite for Android next year there are already several antivirus apps on the Android market. Kaspersky’s Mobile Security solution is not exclusive to this malware threat.

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