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

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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9 Comments

1. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

Poor Android.

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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.

8. xoutrageousx

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

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

2. Mightymack

Posts: 74; Member since: Jul 16, 2010

O cool! Third party apps!

6. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

ISWYDT

4. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 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 ;)

5. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

Gotta love that open source.

7. xoutrageousx

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

Only in Android....tools.

9. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 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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