Thursday, August 12, 2010

SMS-Based Trojan Targeting Android Smartphones


informationweek.com
Evil-doers have finally taken it upon themselves to go after Android devices. A new Trojan hijacks Android handsets' SMS application to send texts to premium messaging services, running up the bill.

According to Kapersky Lab, it has discovered the first known Trojan to be specifically targeted at Android smartphones. Kapersky classifies the "malicious program" as a Trojan-SMS, which attacks users where it hurts the most: their wallet.

The Trojan disguises itself as a media player application. The file name is: Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a (kinda gives itself away if you're paying attention, don't ya think?). The file is just 13Kb and has a standard .APK Android app extension. Once the Trojan has been installed, it causes some serious trouble.

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