SMS Scams are not a new thing. But the first SMS Scam for Google Android smartphones based upon a trojan has recently been detected by the noted security vendor Kaspersky Labs. The MS Trojan, called Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a, requires installation on the Android smartphone before it can silently send SMS’s to some pre-designated premium numbers.
It is disguised in the form of a popular media player. The installation of the trojan onto the smartphone requires some user intervention. First the user has to allow it in its user settings and then it has to be allowed to be able to send the SMS on its own – which is a good sign of danger for an alert user.
Once installed on the phone, the Trojan uses the system to begin sending SMSs to premium rate numbers without the owner’s knowledge or consent, resulting in money passing from a user’s account to that of the cybercriminals.
“The IT market research and analysis organization IDC has noted that those selling devices running Android are experiencing the highest growth in sales among smartphone manufacturers. As a result, we can expect to see a corresponding rise in the amount of malware targeting that platform,” says Denis Maslennikov, Mobile Research Group Manager at Kaspersky Lab. “Kaspersky Lab is actively developing technologies and solutions to protect this operating system and plans to release Kaspersky Mobile Security for Android in early 2011.”
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