“Google has come under fire in recent months for letting a few dozen nasty apps into its Android market, bent on stealing data or siphoning money with paid texts,” Andy Greenberg reports for Forbes. “But one new exploitative app doesn’t need to be let in to Google’s App store. It creates a fake Market of its own.”
MacDailyNews Take: “Open.”
“The malware, labeled GGTracker by the researchers for security firm Lookout Mobile Security who first revealed the new malware in a blog post Monday night, is spread through in-app advertisements, Lookout believes,” Greenberg reports. “When a user clicks those ads, which promote programs with names like Sexy Pics or Battery Saver, he or she is taken to a website that’s designed to look like the Android Market, but in fact downloads the app without any interaction. Then the user is directed to the downloads folder to install the app, which then silently sends text messages to a pay-per-text number, racking up charges at the victim’s expense.”
MacDailyNews Take: Wiiide “open.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Google’s ill-conceived, wannabe iOS rush-job strikes again. Lesson: Get the real thing. Don’t settle for inferior, insecure knockoffs.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dale S.” for the heads up.]
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