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First Android-specific Trojan Detected

Written on August 11, 2010 by Japhet Writ

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If you think Android is secured, think again. Kaspersky Lab just detected the first Trojan that hits the Google mobile OS. Beware of what you download! You might be giving the culprit premium priviliges.

The security firm detected the first that hits the . The file, named “-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a,” is downloaded as a typical .APK app and poses as a . Once installed, the Trojan will send SMS to premium rate numbers without the knowledge of the device owner. It seems that the creator of the malware benefits from the scam, since they are the ones who are on the other end of the premium numbers. According to Kaspersky researcher Denis Maslennikov, Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a is not available in the Android market but rather distributed from a malicious website.

This SMS-type of virus is one of the most common type of mobile infections, and have been around handsets for years. Kaspersky Lab is working on anti-virus technology specific for Android, and plans to release Kaspersky for Android on early 2011. Other anti-virus apps are available in the Android Market. But as this platform grows continuously, more cyber culprit will be hooked to the money-making capabilities of Android viruses. Let’s just all hope that and device carriers and makers will think of security and anti-virus options when planning for future OS. As always, be vigilant of what you download especially when you’re getting apps from outside the market. If the application needs to make premium rate-SMS or calls, it’s better to think twice before downloading and installing it.

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