McAfee: 80% of Flappy Bird clones contain malware

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.


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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17 Comments

1. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Oh great ! A cyber bird flu -.-

16. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

80% of McAfee is malware

2. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

power of android :D hahaha

5. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 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.

8. Jommick

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 10, 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"?

9. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 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:)

10. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

17. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

3. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Not on Windows Phone.

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Said nobody.

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Because it never gets popular apps.

13. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

12. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

WP never had the real deal in the first place.

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

McAfee itself is no less then a malware.

7. T.Law

Posts: 423; Member since: May 10, 2014

Amen.

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

McAfee is a bloatware in my home sync. Despicable!

15. jibraihimi

Posts: 802; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

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

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