In order to protect their much beloved clientele, Apple and Google have decided to remove apps from their online stores, after it was revealed that some of this malware infected apps intrude the privacy of their owners.
One such app is the Find and Call app which was initially thought to be as an SMS worm but later on it was found to be a Trojan. Kaspersky discovered the malware and notified both Google and Apple thus, forcing them to remove the app from their online stores (Google Play and Apple App Store).
According to Apple, “The Find and Call app has been removed from the App Store due to tis unauthorized use of users’ Address Book data, a violation of App store guidelines.”
Kaspersky said that the app would trick users to register their email address and phone number and then would ask to find friend’s from their phone book. The data would then be transmitted to a remote server.
The malware would then send to his/her contacts messages that include links to a site that would lead to a malware attack if clicked.
According to Kaspersky, this is the first time that they found out a malware app available on the App Store since its inception.
Thanks Apple and Google!
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