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Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a: First Android Trojan Virus

Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a: First Android Trojan Virus

Seems like Android is being hit by First Trojan virus named Trojan-android SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a. As reported by Kaspersky team

“The new malicious program penetrates smart phones running Android in the guise of a harmless media player application. Users are prompted to install a file of just over 13 KB with the standard Android extension .APK. 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.”

This virus doesn’t install automatically but you need to give permission to access send SMS messages, read data and so on.

So if you are an Android user you should give permission to any application when you know what it is. According to mashable:

“The Trojan “media player” that’s causing concern today isn’t available in the Android Market. Rather, it is “being distributed from a malicious website,” according to Kaspersky researcher Denis Maslennikov. “You have to click it manually, there is no drive-by download. If you try to install it, the Smartphone will ask you to grant permission for the application to send SMS messages, read or delete data from SD and collect the data about the phone and phone ID.”

Kaspersky team is working on building an Antivirus for Android powered device and we hope to have it some time soon.

{ 3 comments… add one }

  • CA Karan Batra August 11, 2010, 12:32 pm

    I’m having an intuition that this Trojan may have been malciously prepared to attack the Android’s by its competitors bcoz that is how the Industry Works …. Everyone knows that Android was eating into the sales of other mobile Operating Systems…

    And here I would like to quote the dialogue from the Movie Guru
    “Agar log tumhare weakness ko target karne ke koshish kar rahe hain , to samjho tum taraki kar rahe ho”….

  • Satyajit August 11, 2010, 3:55 pm

    Since the access rendered to the trojan is not automatic…so the users are safe to some extent…… :)Is there ny protection for it…once a person it infected…..?

  • Andy December 26, 2010, 10:42 pm

    This virus is all made by Kaspersky Labs… all they want is money, so that people buy and use their anti-virus softwares in order to get rid of the viruses as soon as possible!

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