Kaspersky Lab warns of new Trojan Targeting Android Smartphones

 

Kasperksy Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, has detected a second piece of malware, categorised as a Trojan-SMS, which targets smartphones running on the Android platform.

In an attempt to infect as many devices as possible, cybercriminals are distributing the new malware via the Russian-language sites that come out on top of searches for pornographic videos. Revealingly, the owners of these adult content sites are deliberately prompting Android users to download the new Trojan, while users of other platforms receive the desired content.

As with its predecessor, the latest Trojan, named Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.b, masquerades as a media player. A smartphone can only be infected if the user manually installs the application. Users of smartphones running Android are asked to download the pornplayer.apk application from an infected webpage in order to view adult content videos. The installation file is only 16.4 KB and during installation the Trojan seeks the user’s consent to send SMS messages – a requirement that a media player is very unlikely to need.

Once the user launches the fake application, Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.b begins sending SMS messages to a premium rate number without the user’s knowledge. The messages cost $6 each, resulting in hefty sums being transferred from the user’s account to that of the cybercriminals.

Android users should pay close attention to the services that an application seeks permission to accessand should be wary of permitting a new application to access every service that it says it needs to – as this  means you could end up with malicious or unwanted applications doing all sorts of things without requesting any additional information.

The code insideTrojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.b is similar to that of Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a – the first Android Trojan-SMS that was detected by Kaspersky Lab experts a month ago. This suggests that both of these malicious applications were authored by one and the same person, or group of people.

IDC analysts report that Android mobile device vendors have displayed the most dramatic growth in sales among all smartphone vendors worldwide. Kaspersky Lab’s experts predict that more malicious programs targeting devices running on the Android platform are sure to emerge in the near future and are currently making every effort to develop security technologies and solutions to protect this operating system.

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is the largest antivirus company in Europe. It delivers some of the world’s most immediate protection against IT security threats, including viruses, spyware, crimeware, hackers, phishing, and spam. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users. Kaspersky Lab products provide superior detection rates and one of the industry’s fastest outbreak response times for home users, SMBs, large enterprises and the mobile computing environment. Kaspersky technology is also used worldwide inside the products and services of the industry’s leading IT security solution providers. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com. For the latest on antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-spam and other IT security issues and trends, visit www.viruslist.com.

About the author  ⁄ The Editor: Tiana Cline

The Editor: Tiana Cline

Tiana's love of post-modern literature, Bollywood, Korean stationery and gourmet (home) cooking are only a distraction to her Xbox... and her 3DS... and her Wii U. A videogame lobbyist in the making, during the day Tiana is a magazine editor who has fallen head-over-heels for technology and deeply-in-like with deadlines. It’s been said that she can stop publishing pandemonium with one stern look. Tiana is a virgo in brogues, and the editor of GirlGuides.

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