A significant feature of smart phones is, users can install and run advanced applications as in a PC to enrich their phone features.
There are thousands of free and paid apps available for smartphones, but unfortunately most users install these apps without knowing its reliability. As smartphones are becoming part of our day to day life, a recent report from Kaspersky Lab is shocking.
They detected a Trojan for phones running Google’s Android operating system which poses as a free media player application and it has already infected a number of mobile devices.
Named Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a, this Trojan encourages users to install a file of just over 13 KB with the standard Android extension .APK. Once installed it 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.
Kaspersky Lab recommends that “users pay close attention to the services that an application requests access to when it is being installed. That includes access to premium rate services that charge to send SMSs and make calls”.
“When a user agrees to these functions during the installation of an application, the smartphone may then be able to make calls and send SMSs without further authorization”. More details available at Kaspersky lab.