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Android Malware Show Users Anti-Piracy Message, While Stealing Their Data

Posted by: , 14:09 AEDT, Fri April 1, 2011
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New Android malware pretends to fight piracy, while secretly stealing your data

A new fake Android app has appeared on the scene that gives users a lesson in piracy, while at the same time, steals the user's information.

The malware app pretends to be a pirated version of the popular "Walk and Text" app, which sells for $1.53 in Android Market. The real version of the app allows people to see where they're going while texting, by using the phone's camera. The fake app pretends to be a new version of the app, 1.3.7, that doesn't even exist.

When ran, users are shown a "Application Not Licensed" warning screen, chiding them for pirating the app, and at the same time, the malware app is stealing your phone's details, including username, phone number, the phone's identifier and sending them to an external server.

But more damaging, and certainly more embarrassing, is the text message that the app sends to everyone in your address people, informing them of your "stupidity" and piracy ways. The whole message reads, complete with spelling errors, "Hey, just downloaded a pirated App off the Internet, Walk and Text for Android. Im stupid and cheap, it costed only 1 buck.Don't steal like I did!"

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