Caution: SMS Trojan for Android Detected By Kaspersky [Precautionary Steps]

11 August 2010 By Varun


Alright, we knew that this is going to happen one day, and the day has arrived. Famous security solution company Kaspersky has recently found a malware-SMS with the name, Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a, which acts like a media player for Android based devices and then sends SMS to premium services, which in turn make money for the imposter.

At the moment, the only way out from this situation is to avoid it. Even Kaspersky has requested users to read carefully about the access requests demanded by an app, while installing, Google has also stepped up to the situation and advised some precautionary measures:

“Our application permissions model protects against this type of threat. When installing an application, users see a screen that explains clearly what information and system resources the application has permission to access, such as a user’s phone number or sending an SMS. Users must explicitly approve this access in order to continue with the installation, and they may uninstall applications at any time. We consistently advise users to only install apps they trust. In particular, users should exercise caution when installing applications outside of Android Market.”

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