Trojan infects Android smartphones; iPhone unaffected

Apple Store“Cyber security company, Kaspersky Lab, has identified the first virus to hit Google’s Android operating system,” James Hutchinson reports for Computerworld.

“The Trojan virus, named Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a, is distributed through a message sent to users prompting them to install a 13 kilobyte (KB) ‘harmless’ media player application,” Hutchinson reports.

“Once installed, the Trojan virus sends SMS messages to premium rate numbers without notifying the user,” Hutchinson reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: This is big reason why Apple offers a curated App Store. You’d have to jailbreak your iOS device in order to open yourself up to even the possibility of this type of Trojan attack. Not so with Google Android where malware is a “feature.” Get a real iPhone.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “James W.” for the heads up.]

53 Comments

  1. I have to agree with Bas. Apple dropped the ball here, not fixing the PDF problem in a timely fashion — especially considering it gives root access.

    That said, Android users can expect malware to continue. Go figure. Android supposedly has all the benefits of open source Linux, but definitely has all the problems of Windows.

    If security by obscurity were true, the iPhone would be the one with more problems, since worldwide, it crushes Android.

  2. Bas
    Wouldn’t you need to receive an email, then open the pdf to install the virus? I don’t know about other people, but I wouldn’t open a pdf from someone I don’t know.

  3. @dd

    I never bought the “security by obscurity” argument and your point is very insightful.

    I think the virus issue has to do with disgruntled employees and corporate haters. My company had no security issues until they laid off (for the first time) significant numbers of IT personnel. Suddenly we (our servers) were under attack. This “coincidence” confirmed and strengthened my belief that it’s because the PC is the dominant platform in the corporate world. The Mac and the iPhone are not. They are not the hardware that runs corporate America. Thank goodness and let’s hope it stays that way.

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