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Google Android Needs Antivirus: Trojan Found

August 10, 2021 | Peter Chubb

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Google Android Needs Antivirus: Trojan Found

For all you Google Android smartphone owners, who thought that you were safe in the knowledge that you were protected against viruses, then think again, as the first mobile Trojan has been found. This is now proof that Android will need an antivirus.

This new malware was found in Russia and had the filename “Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a.” This attack managed to get into the OS by disguising itself as a media player app. After the application had been installed it then went about its intended job, and that was to send text messages to premium rate numbers – all without the owners’ permission.

The money will go to those who programmed this scam, which does not come as a surprise. This is certainly an eye-opener, as we had assumed that Android was one of the safest mobile OS on the market. This will no-doubt lead to an investigation by Google. For full details read Jolie O’Dell’s article on Mashable.

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