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McAfee: 80% of Flappy Bird clones contain malware

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McAfee: 80% of Flappy Bird clones contain malware
A report from security expert McAfee says that 80% of the Flappy Bird clones tested, contained malware. For those who were in a coma earlier this year, or somehow missed the whole Flappy Bird craze, we are talking about a simple but highly addictive game. Borrowing heavily from Super Mario Brothers, Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen spent three days putting the game together, and was soon generating $50,000 a day in revenue.

Instead of letting Flappy Bird mania run its course, and making a quick million dollars, Nguyen felt that the game was too addictive and pulled it from all app stores. But that left countless players in Flappy Bird withdrawal, a problem solved by third party developers who quickly knocked off the character and the game play. The problem is that a high percentage of these clones contain malware, according to McAfee. And because of the open source nature of Android, most of these infected Flappy Bird clones are found on apps made for Android phones.

One of the most common events caused by the malware, are phone calls made without permission. Brian Kenyon, chief technical strategist at McAfee, said that these calls go to premium numbers that charge extra "much like the chat numbers that had a huge impact on people's phone bills a few years ago." Texts are also sent to SMS addresses that collect money. In addition, the malware gives away the user's location, which is helpful when a zip code is required to pull a credit card scam.

"You can't sell a stolen credit card number from California to a guy in Florida, because if he buys gas with it and then an hour later the real owner buys groceries in California, the security system kicks in. If stolen cards go only to people in a nearby ZIP code, it can take much longer for anyone to realize there's a problem. It increases their worth on the black market."-Brian Kenyon, chief technical strategist, McAfee

Nguyen has talked about bringing the original game back, which just might put the infected clones out of business.

source: USAToday

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posted on 24 Jun 2014, 05:28 3

1. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Oh great ! A cyber bird flu -.-

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 10:47 6

16. Synack (Posts: 677; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


80% of McAfee is malware

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 05:34 9

2. hipnotika (Posts: 353; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


power of android :D hahaha

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 05:50 12

5. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


I hope you do realise the article did not mention anything about it being on android. And if you do bother to click on the article before posting something like this, the article mentioned it happening on iOS too.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 06:41 6

8. Jommick (Posts: 221; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


"most of these infected Flappy Bird clones are found on apps made for Android phones"
…Did you even "bother to click on the article before posting something like this"?

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 07:25 4

9. Duketytz (Posts: 534; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


Erm actually I didn't mention that the malware are equally present on both ios and android. I merely say it's happening to ios too so I don't see the point of op post and also your reply to my comment. Have a nice day sir:)

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 07:30 6

10. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


and did you "bother to read his comment before posting something like this" ?

He never said iOS has more malwares he merely said such malwares existed on ios too.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 13:23 1

17. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1721; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Don't fee the troll man. hipnotika is a known hater of android. A pathetic one at that.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 05:41 3

3. sip1995 (Posts: 1594; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Not on Windows Phone.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 05:57 5

6. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Said nobody.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 07:39 7

11. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Because it never gets popular apps.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 08:30

13. sip1995 (Posts: 1594; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


You mean the Barbie dress up games......

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 08:12 5

12. T.Law (Posts: 415; Member since: 10 May 2014)


WP never had the real deal in the first place.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 05:49 10

4. tech2 (Posts: 3477; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


McAfee itself is no less then a malware.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 06:27 1

7. T.Law (Posts: 415; Member since: 10 May 2014)


Amen.

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 08:41

14. joey_sfb (Posts: 6044; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


McAfee is a bloatware in my home sync. Despicable!

posted on 24 Jun 2014, 09:58 2

15. jibraihimi (Posts: 764; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


and 90% of malwares and viruses are injected into the market by these antivirus companies...............

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