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Suspicious BBM Android app back in Google Play, don't download

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Suspicious BBM Android app back in Google Play, don't download
There is an official BlackBerry Messenger application coming soon to Android, but this recently published app called BBM isn't it. In fact, we don't think that this suspicious-looking piece of software would let you connect to the BlackBerry Messenger network at all. Allegedly, it works by downloading a BBM client in APK form, which then has to be installed manually by the user. Then the client would let the user send messages to specific BBM pins. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the software does not function, which is why it has collected tons of 1-star reviews, submitted by some of the folks who paid $1.49 to download it.

Needless to say, this app must be avoided. Actually, it shouldn't be on the Play Store at all, and we can only guess what kind of malicious code this self-proclaimed BBM application may contain. If you're impatient about getting BlackBerry Messenger on your Android smartphone, just wait until the official client's release. We'll let you know as soon at it is out.

An alleged BBM client you shouldn't download
An alleged BBM client you shouldn't download
An alleged BBM client you shouldn't download

An alleged BBM client you shouldn't download


source: Google Play

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posted on 12 Aug 2013, 05:46 11

1. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 363; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Google Play should be renamed to Google Malware

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 06:24 3

5. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Really? Really? When malware is found on a phone, its the installers fault, not where it came from. Google Bouncer is excellent security for the Play Store. It can't detect malware though if it comes as a separate download.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 06:43 3

7. CaoCiBai (Posts: 24; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


If you end up being spied by NSA, it's your fault too.
It is partly the responsibility of google to keep such crap off the app store.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 07:15

10. Ninetysix (Posts: 1627; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


You're flat out wrong on this one broski. Google dropped the ball on this one.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 07:27

11. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


Why isn't this app on the Apple Appstore may i ask? Now you understand why Apple is better?

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 09:24 3

16. Bootutu (Posts: 189; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Because you can't do anything on iOS, its a closed and rubbish OS, the app is not a malware, its an app in development and works if you know your mods, oh well iOS people don't know any mods,iOS devices are dumb devices for simple people.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2226209

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 13:58

24. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


Ever heard about jailbreaking? Of course not. Typical uninformed fanboy.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 09:43 1

18. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1326; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Cuz Android is more popular. A lot more.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 09:57 2

20. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3571; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


That's just an excuse. The Play Store is too lax and allows just about anything to be distributed there.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 13:57

23. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


Popular doesn't mean better.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 09:56

19. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3571; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Google PlayWare is more like it.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 05:49 5

2. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Same goes for Asphalt 8. There's an app made by gameluft (not gameloft) claiming to be asphalt 8: airbourne. This has many 1 star reviews (including my own). Dont download it. It is not the real game.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 06:53 2

8. CaoCiBai (Posts: 24; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


That's why 80% of apps in Play Store are crap, and i keep hearing people bragging about the number of apps there. Too many wannabes or cheap duplicates of the real thing.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 09:40 3

17. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


and you are stupid enough to download it ? huh the game is not even released it is not published by gameloft but you are stupid enough to download

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 15:20 1

25. CaoCiBai (Posts: 24; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


U didnt get my point; It's not about whether i download it or not, it's about how people brag about the number of apps in the Play store and yet they realise most of them are garbage.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 06:08 1

3. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2671; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


HAHAHAHAHA..... What an entry to Playstore!

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 07:28

12. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


Rejoice! Google Play exclusive!

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 06:15 2

4. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 816; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


No offense but google please improve your security
android has turned just like windows (pc version) google should provide a default anti virus on every android phones just like windows 8

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 06:27 3

6. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


The security risk isn't something that can be fixed! Its the human element, and Google can't be accountable for what morons install on their phones.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 07:02 4

9. CaoCiBai (Posts: 24; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


So, you justify the presence of malware in PlayStore because smart people know how to avoid it?
If a person downloads apps elsewhere and not the Playstore, it is his fault. But when malwares make their way into the app store, there is no excuse for it.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 07:29

13. RoyalPayne (banned) (Posts: 458; Member since: 07 Aug 2013)


Well said, CaoCiBai +1

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 12:59 2

22. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


But the problem here is that after you install this app it then asks you to download another APK from outside the play store.. At that point it's pretty obvious there's something wrong... The actual play store app itself isn't dangerous it's only when you Install the APK from outside the play store.. Anything that asks you to install outside the play store should immediately ring danger in your head.. Am sure this app will get removed very soon but once you install an APK outside of the play store than you have to look at yourself.. This is just another trick done by priks who put an "app" on the play store that has no malicious codes and hence why bouncer doesn't do anything as it's not malicious but askes the user to download from elsewhere.. Like I said if an app asks you to Install app from a different source you should really know and if you have your unknown sources turned off which is how it is by default you will get a 3rd warming that this app could be dangerous.. So there is plenty of warning signs here and if you fail to acknowledge any then the user has to take some blame.. Am not defending google here as I do think they need someone to look at an app before its allowed on the play store to make sure that the app does what it's advertised to do.. That way "apps" like this which done do anything but download another app would not be allowed in the first place. That way the play store can remain open at the Same time having it be more safe but in these sorta cases I think the user needs to take some blame too.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 08:09

14. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1927; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Lol.. that was my app,, buhahahaaaa

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 09:20 3

15. Bootutu (Posts: 189; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Sorry to bust your bubble but the app is not a malware, it works if you know what you are doing, it uses peer to peer to send messages to BB pin through email message. Those Apple fans should just STFU!

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2226209

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 12:13

21. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


why would anyone want BBM anyway? enlighten me please

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 22:28 1

28. MyJobSux (Posts: 81; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


BBM is an encrypted chat client. Several countries were demanding the keys because they felt terrorists or anti-goverment groups were using the devices in their countries and they wanted to be able to sniff the traffic. In any case, "supposedly" no one but the sender and receiver should be able to receive the messages. When your dealing with trade secretes its a plus to know your communications are secure and other companies cant take your ideas or secrets and profit from them.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 17:30

26. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 149; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


The reason you never find malware on iOS is because it cost $100 to be a apple developer while its free on Google play so I don't think a Person wants to spend $100 to do a petty virus attack

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 22:23

27. MyJobSux (Posts: 81; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)


Sometimes an attacker is data mining. So they might can sell customers PII for hundreds or thousands of dollars. So that $100 developer fee is now a small investement on a much larger return. So 'crazymonkey05', your argument makes basic sense but in reality it holds no water.

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