September 10, 2010

Android SMS Trojan Uses SEO To Spread

Android SMS Trojan Uses SEO To Spread

InformationWeek, by Mathew Schwartz

New malware that runs on Android smartphones is disguised as a porn media player. But in reality, the application sends expensive text messages to SMS numbers until a user's mobile phone account runs out of credit.

The Trojan application, dubbed Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.b, isn't available via the official Android Market app store on handhelds or online, but rather is designed to be discovered online. To that end, it's being distributed "via clever search engine optimization techniques, a clear sign that cyber-criminals are making every effort to infect mobile devices," said Denis Maslennikov, a security expert at Kaspersky Lab.

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