First SMS Trojan for Android Spotted

August 11, 2010, By Radimir Bobev

Yesterday, a group of security experts have reportedly discovered what appears to be the first so far trojan virus for Android-based handsets which exploits the device’s SMS functionality to send numerous messages to premium-rate numbers, racking up costs for the user and probably money for some unscrupulous hacker.

The trojan has been called Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a, and as the name implies is disguised as a media player application which you may be prompted to install at various websites you’re visiting. The program looks harmless and accessible, being only 13 kb in size. Refrain from any such prompts to stay safe for now.

The funny thing is that the operating system will ask you for your permission to let the app send SMS messages, as well as access your phone’s filesystem, so how would anyone enable this thing on their phone in the first place is beyond us. For the time being, just stay alert and ignore any suspicious messages on your screen.

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