Latest Trojan disguises itself as game app

A new Trojan is currently scouring the web waiting to infect smartphones that are currently running on Google’s Android OS. This latest intruder is disguising itself as a game app and would send information about the phone to its controller and as well as subscribe you to premium SMS services.

Sophos said that this latest problem goes with a legitimate Chinese game, “The roar of the Pharaoh”. The game is said to be not distributed on Google Play.

According to the security firm’s blog post, “Once installed the malicious application gathers sensitive information (IMEI, IMSE, phone model, screen size, platform, phone number and OS version) and sends it off to the malware’s authors. Like many other mobile Trojans, this once sends SMS messages to premium rate SMS numbers and is capable of reading you SMSs as well.”

The company said that the malware is being detected, which is attached to the game app, as ANDR/Stiniter-A.

Sophos warns that the app doesn’t ask for permission during installation of the app. They added that the malware also attempts to communicate with four .com domains with a path of “tgloader-android.”

They noted that, “Criminals love the free money laundering service provided by mobile phone providers. They can set up premium rate SMS numbers in Europe and Asia with a little difficulty.”

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Apple’s iPhone comes in second place

Source: TechTree

In a survey conducted by research firm comScore, Apple’s iPhone is now in second place when it comes to having the largest user base in the U.S. smartphone market.

Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry still takes the top spot while Windows Mobile-based models came in the third place.

According to Mark Donovan, a comScore senior analyst, Apple’s iPhone are being used by almost 9 million Americans as their primary phone. RIM’s Blackberry have almost 6 million greater user base with 15 million Americans saying RIM is their primary handset maker. Microsoft’s Windows Mobile are being used by an estimated 7.1 million people in the U.S.

“The surveys aren’t a measurement of sales velocity in the last quarter, but of the installed base using the phone as their primary,” said Donovan, acknowledging that the iPhone has been outselling Windows Mobile phones for some time.

“But there has been a large installed base of Windows Mobile phones out there, which accounts for its strength until recently.”

According to comScore’s result however, more and more people are leaning toward purchasing iPhones (20%) and Google Android-based phones (17%  – 8% of that said they’re buying Verizon’s Droid) in the next 90 days.

“There’s some serious momentum behind Android,” Donovan said. “The iPhone and Android have set the bar at a new high for smartphones.”



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