viruses are not nearly as common on mobile devices as they are on
personal computers, security firms have warned
about the possibility of app attacks in the past, and we've
seen it in the form of an SMS
Trojan on the Android platform. Now, a second Trojan has
made its way to Android.
new malware is being distributed on adult-oriented Russian websites
that prompt only Android users to download the Trojan, while those
visiting the sites through other platforms are able to obtain the
desired content, a Kaspersky
Lab press release said.
with its predecessor, the latest Trojan –
Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.b – masquerades as a media player,"
said the U.K.-based security vendor. "Users of smartphones
running Android are asked to download the pornplayer.apk application
from an infected webpage in order to view adult content videos. The
installation file is only 16.4 KB and during installation the Trojan
seeks the user's consent to send SMS messages – a requirement that
a media player is very unlikely to need."
order to view the adult content, Android users are prompted to
download a 16.4 KB file named "pornplayer.apk" from the
infected websites. During installation, the Trojan gains consent to
send SMS messages -- a highly unlikely requirement for a typical
the app is launched, the Trojan sends SMS messages to a premium
number at a rate of $6 per message, and right into the hackers' bank
users should pay close attention to the services that an application
seeks permission to access," said Denis Maslennikov, a Kaspersky
rep said. "Automatically permitting a new application to access
every service that it says it needs to means you could end up with
malicious or unwanted applications doing all sorts of things without
requesting any additional information."
the code for the new Trojan is very similar to the first
one we saw a month ago, Kaspersky believes that it is very likely
to be authored by the same person or group of people.
week, an Austrian security testing lab released a study of four
comparative smartphone security products, PCMag reports.
The findings recommend that "nobody who uses a smartphone should
go without security software."
AV-Comparatives study, found
here in its entirety, compares ESET Mobile Security,
F-Secure Mobile Security, Kaspersky Mobile Security, and Trend Micro
Mobile Security, all of which support Windows Mobile 5.0-6.5 and
Symbian 9.1-9.4, while F-Secure also supports Android and Trend Micro
supports Android7, PCMag notes.
does not recommend one of the security suites over another, but
merely contends that each one has its values that should be
considered by smartphone users. Each of the products offers the
standard security protection you'd find in a PC suite -- namely
firewall protection and mobile virus detection.
quote: Most consumers see no benefits in "open" but do see benefits in safety. And that is a perfectly rational view to take.