Google’s Android Targeted by Malware

Security experts at Kaspersky Lab stated they have discovered a malware application that targets the Google Android mobile operating system in Russia.  The malware named “Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a” is the first of its kind specifically implement to target the Android mobile OS according to the researchers at Kaspersky Lab.

The malware hides as a media-player called “Movie Player”, and when installed it begins to send text messages to a premium rate number without the knowledge of the Android-base device owner.

Even though initial cases are in Russia, Android-based users all over should be aware of the matter and be vigilant when downloading applications to their mobile device. has five key recommendations for Android-based cell-phone users:

  1. Pay close attention to the services that an application requests access to when it is being installed.
  2. Check the permissions of your apps and revoke unnecessary access to remote locations and SMS request.
  3. Install apps from trusted companies and sources ONLY.
  4. Set Android-based device to only download applications that are in the Android Market
  5. Research, read and/or review before installing apps
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