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Fake Madden NFL 12 Android game lurking on the Internet, ready for non-football related mischief

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Fake Madden NFL 12 Android game lurking on the Internet, ready for non-football related mischief
Football – that is what a great fraction of Americans have on their minds right now. That shouldn't come as a surprise as the next football season is kicking off in a matter of days. And something tells us that until then, a number of you are going to kill some time by playing video games.

That is why you should know that there is a fake Madden NFL 12 Android app currently on the web. You won't find it in the Android Market, but it wouldn't be surprising if it pops up in some third party software marketplace. What makes matters even worse is that the fake app contains malicious code, which you really wouldn't want running on your smartphone.

To start, the bogus Madden NFL 12 game is 5 megabyte in size, which surely makes it seem trustworthy. Besides, once installed, it disguises itself by using the icon from the real game. However, once launched, there is nothing football related nor any kind of game whatsoever. Instead, the app attempts to root the phone without the user's consent. Once it has obtained root access, the malware attempts to ramp up your phone bill by dialing premium phone numbers and sending texts to such.

It goes without saying that if you come across the aforementioned app, don't even bother downloading it. Grabbing the official Madden NFL 12 game by Electronic Arts will be definitely a lot more enjoyable. 

source: Symantec

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posted on 25 Jan 2012, 07:23 7

1. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


Poor Android.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 08:48 4

3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4182; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Stupid people doing stupid things. Everyone wants to mess with the worlds #1 smartphone OS. It's just like Windows, when you are #1 people will always do things like this.

I wouldn't say "Poor Android." I would say more like dumb people. Also if you really think that Madden NFL'12 is only 5MB in size then you kind of deserve what happens to you.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 16:04 2

8. xoutrageousx (Posts: 70; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


I lol'ed at this....#1....fandroids should all apply for stand up comedians.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 07:56

2. Mightymack (Posts: 74; Member since: 16 Jul 2010)


O cool! Third party apps!

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 14:39

6. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


ISWYDT

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 10:41

4. Forsaken77 (Posts: 548; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


What does someone get out of being such a scumbag and causing others problems without even getting anything out of it? I could at least understand the premise if the guy is trying to steal your info or identity (not saying I approve, I don't, but its got a purpose) but he's just being a douche an causing misery to many other people. Maybe he needs company ;)

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 14:05 2

5. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


Gotta love that open source.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 16:04 3

7. xoutrageousx (Posts: 70; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


Only in Android....tools.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 20:44 1

9. BattleBrat (Posts: 1096; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Hmmm, it's not on the market, it would be akin to an iphone user jailbreaking their phone and downloading a harmful app, stick to the beaten path and you'll be ok.

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