Saturday, August 21, 2010

Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a -Targetting Android Phones

The first malicious program classified as a Trojan-SMS has been detected for smartphones running on Google’s Android operating system. It has been announced by Kaspersky Lab and the Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a has already been infected a number of mobile devices.

How this Trojan-SMS penetrates smartphones?
It penetrates in the pretext of a 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.

Is there any solution available now?
Kaspersky Lab announces that they are developing technologies and solutions to protect Android operating system and plans to release Kaspersky Mobile Security for Android in early 2011.

Users are advised to pay close attention to the services that an application requests access to when it is being installed.

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