By Eric Zeman
August 10, 2010
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.
It takes hold of the device's SMS (texting) application and begins
sending text messages to "premium rate numbers" all on the low-down.
Premium rate SMS numbers are the SMS equivalent to the 1-900 numbers
from yesteryear. They cost users money -- in the form of charges on
their wireless account -- for messages sent to and/or received from the
number in question.
Kapersky says that Trojan-SMS is the most prevalent type of malware
attempting to take over smartphones. This particular Trojan is the first
to go after Google's mobile operating system, though Kapersky says that
Android devices have been infected with spyware before.
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