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Fake Angry Birds Space app for Android is a Trojan Horse as it sneaks in malware

Fake Angry Birds Space app for Android is a Trojan Horse as it sneaks in malware
Android totin' fans of the Angry Birds games need to be careful when installing the latest version of the game on their phone from Google Play. According to digital security firm Sophos, fake versions of Angry Birds Space are hiding malware inside two JPEG files associated with the game. Once installed, the phoney app installs additional malware on your phone which becomes part of a botnet and can be controlled and used for hacker operations. One of the most recent hacker ops is one that forces your phone to make calls to premium numbers owned by the hackers involved. On Thursday, we told you about malware named UpdtBot that is disguised as a software update. This download sends out malware via your SMS messages. Those targeted by this malware are sent a link to what is called "a needed software update".

Make sure the version of Angry Birds Space you've installed came from Rovio

Make sure the version of Angry Birds Space you've installed came from Rovio

To make sure that you are not downloading poison into your smartphone,it is a good idea to always check the app's developer. If you have installed Angry Birds Space, double check to make sure that it came from Rovio. If not, it might behoove you to back up all of your important data and securely wipe your phone. Earlier this year, Google announced a feature for what was then called the Android Market. Called "Bouncer", the feature was to do exactly what you would expect, analyzing new apps to keep out malware, spyware and trojan horses. Bouncer also analyzes new developer accounts to make sure that problem developers aren't using a new name to ply their old game. Just like at those hot clubs, sometimes the Bouncer is distracted and someone gets in that shouldn't have.

Thanks to our tipster, Daphne!

source: Gizmodo

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posted on 13 Apr 2012, 12:28 3

1. aooep (Posts: 19; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


So the angry birds space on top of the "free apps" section should be okay right?
Sorry I'm a newbie. :P

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 13:37 4

14. THETECHTEAM (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


ONLY DOWNLOAD THE ANGRY BRIDS GAMES THAT IS MADE BY ROVIO! DONT DOWNLOAD ANY WALKTHRU CHEATS OR ANYTHING ELSE THATS DEALING WITH ANGRY BIRDS UNLESS IT COMES FROM ROVIO!

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 12:37 5

2. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5483; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


with as many downloads as the legit version has you'd have to be pretty dumb to download the wrong one. xD

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 12:46 2

3. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 215; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


I just downloaded this game TODAY and then I read an article about malware hidden in the game? Android = Malware

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 12:51 2

4. networkdood (Posts: 5538; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


wrong as usual....

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 12:52 4

5. _PHug_ (Posts: 380; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


You didn't download that today.
You are such a liar

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 13:00 3

7. skymitch89 (Posts: 983; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


You're fine just as long as it has Rovio Mobile Ltd. as the Developer.

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 13:34 7

12. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1471; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


you're the dumbass who downloaded the app without reading

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 12:58 1

6. skymitch89 (Posts: 983; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Too bad for them that I only allow official updates to my apps; aka only if I get a notification from the Play Store about an update for an app that is already installed.

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 13:06 2

8. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


zomg spydroid, useless piece of stolen s**t by Google.

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 13:35 8

13. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1471; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


lol sheepy mad

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 09:10 1

19. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Every-thing in apple is stolen.....

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 13:07 5

9. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


Damn hackers!! attack IOS leave android alone!!
loosers!

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 14:34 7

16. BattleBrat (Posts: 885; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


iOS users have no money left as Apple took it all (they're proud of that fact too), so they go after us Droiders

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 09:12

21. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


It's open feel free 2....

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 13:11 6

10. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


somebody got happy with the dumb down button

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 13:13 5

11. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


Who the hell is going around just randomly thumbs downing people? How lame.

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 14:30 2

15. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Dude your mum is

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 09:11 1

20. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


You'r family is!

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 04:11 1

17. khiko (Posts: 8; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)


Android really sucks!

posted on 14 Apr 2012, 09:09 1

18. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


And IOS is way much worser! You must love
limatation.... let's take few good thing's away
from you'r life! See how it feel'$......

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