Friday, August 13, 2010

Android Phones, Not Immune to Malicious Objects

Android has been playing safe for long. But that safety got raked when a first Trojan hit was reported by Kaspersky laboratories. Identified as Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a, it is a malware which disguises as a harmless media player and prompts users to install a APK file which is a mere 13kb file.

What it does- This Trojan has been identified in sending SMS to premium numbers (numbers which charge) without the user’s knowledge and the money gets charged from the users account which in turn is collected by the criminals.

Android Phones, Not Immune to Malicious Objects

Though a few android attacks were heard last year but this one seems to be the best one. This Trojan has already affected many cell phones and related devices according to Kaspersky resources. For virus removal support, you can ask for technical support.

Kaspersky urges that “users pay close attention to the services that an application requests access to when it is being installed. That includes access to premium rate services that charge to send SMSs and make calls.”

Jay Nancarrow, a Google spokesman, said Android applications must get permission from the user before doing things like sending text messages or making phone calls. “We consistently advise users to only install apps they trust,” Mr. Nancarrow said in a statement. “In particular, users should exercise caution when installing applications outside of Android Market.”

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