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".

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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21 Comments

1. aooep

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

14. THETECHTEAM

Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 12, 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!

2. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

3. solidsnakeduds013

Posts: 219; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

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

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

wrong as usual....

5. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

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

7. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

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

12. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

you're the dumbass who downloaded the app without reading

6. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

8. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

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

13. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

lol sheepy mad

19. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

9. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

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

16. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 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

21. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

It's open feel free 2....

10. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

somebody got happy with the dumb down button

11. beatsandmelody

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

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

15. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Dude your mum is

20. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

You'r family is!

17. khiko

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Android really sucks!

18. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 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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