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

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.


source: Google Play

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28 Comments

1. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 557; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Google Play should be renamed to Google Malware

5. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 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.

7. CaoCiBai

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 07, 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.

10. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

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

11. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

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

16. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 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

24. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

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

18. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Cuz Android is more popular. A lot more.

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

23. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Popular doesn't mean better.

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google PlayWare is more like it.

2. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 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.

8. CaoCiBai

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 07, 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.

17. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 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

25. CaoCiBai

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 07, 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.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

12. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Rejoice! Google Play exclusive!

4. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 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

6. quesoesgrande

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 03, 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.

9. CaoCiBai

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 07, 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.

13. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Well said, CaoCiBai +1

22. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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.

14. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Lol.. that was my app,, buhahahaaaa

15. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 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

21. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

why would anyone want BBM anyway? enlighten me please

28. MyJobSux

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 01, 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.

26. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 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

27. MyJobSux

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 01, 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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