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Google Android: New Malware Texts Premium-Rate Numbers

The first malicious software program to specifically target the Google Android OS has been discovered by Russian security company Kaspersky, with a program that when installed secretly sends messages to a premium-rate number.

According to the researches at Kaspersky, they said that the rogue application disguises itself as a media player simply called “Movie Player” and does warn users that they may be charged for SMSes if they install it, Lookout said.

Kaspersky Lab have dubbed the fake media application as “Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a,” and although there have been several cases of spyware that do run on the Android platform, this is the first to specifically target Android and Android only.

So far, Lookout say that they do not expect the malware to spread much further as it seems it is only affecting Android smartphones in Russia, and only works on the Russian networks. “As far as we know, there is no indication that this app is in the Android Market,” lookout said.

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Source: Computer World

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Written by Jamie Pert

Jamie has a background in computer repairs and maintenance along with network administration, he now enjoys utilizing the benefits of new technologies and enjoys writing about anything that brings new technology to the world.

He began writing for Product Reviews in mid 2009 and has since expanded his knowledge across a wide-base of devices, he is looking to get more hands-on experience with new devices to gain a better understanding of the latest and greatest technologies.

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