Android malware developers are exploiting the targeted advertising method provided by Facebook’s suggested posts.
(PRWEB) February 28, 2014
Android malware developers are exploiting the targeted advertising method provided by Facebook’s suggested posts. This advertising method allows them to display ads only to Facebook users browsing on an Android device in a specific region ensuring their ads will only be displayed to vulnerable Facebook users.
The malware delivered by these Facebook advertisements is designed to steal the victims’ money via premium SMS fraud. According to Armor for Android security expert James Green, “The malware itself is very familiar, however, using Facebook ads to deliver malware to Android users is a brand new infection mechanism never before seen on the Android platform.”
These scammers exploit popular applications such as WhatsApp, Youtube, Candy Crush and more to trick Facebook users into clicking on the malicious Facebook ads. But their trickery doesn’t stop there. These SMS Trojans go out of their way to convince users they are trustworthy and hide their malicious activity in the background of the infected device.
To learn more about the malicious apps being advertised via Facebook and how to protect yourself from infection visit the following article: http://armorforandroid.kinja.com/facebook-s-suggested-posts-are-advertising-android-malw-1532987512.