Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) July 27, 2012
A leading Android news website is warning smartphone and tablet device users to take precautions when downloading apps from third party app stores following the discovery of new malware that has so far infected at least 100,000 mobile devices.
LimitlessDroid.com, the leading independent news and updates site for Android devices, warns that the MMarketPay.A Trojan is infecting devices in the guise of several fake applications that bear close resemblance to a number of popular weather and travel apps.
So far, LimitlessDroid.com said that the malware has been identified in nine different app stores – all of them based in China.
Dan Lim, editor of LimitlessDroid.com, explained how the new malware works, and how it can cost users financially if their device becomes infected:
“The MMarketPay.A Trojan is quite different from others that we have seen, as it takes control of the infected device and downloads paid content and applications from the M-Market, which is the unofficial app store of China Mobile.”
“The Trojan gets past the need to log in by sending its verification code via SMS to ensure that its purchases are validated. The result is that unwitting consumers who have been infected can expect to be hit by a substantially higher phone bill.”
Dan said that the new Trojan was so advanced that it could even circumvent Captchas, which require users to input the letters displayed in an image to verify their purchases. MMarketPay.A is able to upload its own images to a remote server, which are then reviewed and accepted as legitimate.
Users can protect themselves from this new threat in a variety of ways, says Dan.
He strongly recommends that users download well known mobile antivirus software and run this whenever they download applications.
In addition, he recommends that users only use those third party marketplaces that are hosted on legitimate, well known vendors. Finally, he warns that users should always read user reviews carefully before downloading.
Dan continued: “Furthermore, users should always pay careful attention to the creator’s name.
especially when downloading what seems to be a popular app from a well known creator, check that it is indeed made by that creator and doesn’t have a different author’s name listed. If it does, then this is a definite red flag.”
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