More Fake Antivirus Programs Found in Google Play, Windows Phone Store
PCWorld, By Lucian Constantin
Last month Google offered refunds to users who bought a fake antivirus
app from Google Play, but the scam seems to be catching on and security
researchers have recently identified similar apps in both the Android and
Windows Phone app stores.
Malware analysts from Kaspersky Lab found a fake app called Kaspersky
Mobile in the Windows Phone Store, which is unusual because cybercriminals tend
to target Google Play and because Kaspersky doesn’t even make an antivirus
product for Windows Phone.
The fake app, which was available for 149 rubles or around US$4, used
Kaspersky’s logo and other branding elements and even pretended to scan files
when run, said Roman Unuchek, senior malware analyst at Kaspersky Lab in a blog
post Thursday. Read more.