Kaspersky Lab has found the first SMS Trojan on Android
It seems that all sorts of viruses and other malicious software can soon settle on the hitherto safe Android mobile OS. The fact is that Kaspersky Lab experts found the first Trojan sending SMS, which works with this mobile operating system. As always, Kaspersky already named this trojan, which was called Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a. It is distributed through an unnamed site so far.
When entering the site, the user sees a message with a proposal to install a "media player", the size of only 13 kilobytes. It is this “player" that is a trojan. Like other applications for this OS, the program asks permission from the user to perform certain actions during the installation process. In this case, the program asks for permission to send SMS. And if, without looking, agree, then such messages will cost money, because they are sent to various short numbers. In addition, the application also gains access to user information on a mobile device.
So far, the trojan only works with mobile operators in Russia, so we can already assume the citizenship of its creator. “As far as we know, this application is not in the Android Market,” the company’s official blog says.
Interestingly, Google has already commented on this situation. “Our application permissions system blocks most types of threats, including those that are specific to this application. When the user installs the program, he decides what to allow the program and what not. In order for the application to do any harm, it is necessary that the user himself agrees with everything. In any case, we advise users to install only programs that inspire confidence in them. In addition, users should read the warnings issued by the application during the installation process, ”the statement said.
In general, everything, as always, rests on the user himself - if he is inattentive, then harm can be done. If you follow what and how the application reports, there will not be anything bad. But if a user of Android OS suddenly gets a big bill, you should look at where and how the money went - maybe the trojan has already been integrated into some completely peaceful application that is not suspicious. It’s especially worth paying attention to all kinds of “media players” that are offered to be downloaded from various websites.