SMS Trojan hits Android phones

Antivirus solutions provider Kaspersky Labs has identified Trojan – SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a, a program that penetrates smartphones running Android.

The Trojan penetrates smartphones in the guise of a harmless media player application. Once the owner installs this 13 kb .apk extension file, it begins to send SMSs to premium rate numbers without the knowledge of the owner. Money thus passes from the user’s account to that of the cybercriminals.

Denis Maslennikov, Mobile Research Group Manager at the Kaspersky Labs said, “Devices running Android are experiencing the highest growth in sales among smartphone manufacturers. As a result, we can expect to see a corresponding rise in the amount of malware targeting that platform.”

Kaspersky has advised that user pay attention to details being asked when installing software on their Android phones. Asking for access to premium rate services could be a possible case of the Trojan attack.

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