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Malware, Targeted at Android Users, Gains French Hacker 500,000 Euros


A very talented French hacker was able to receive up to 500,000 Euros by developing rogue Android applications, disguised as legitimate ones. These apps were making hidden transactions without victim’s consent as well as transferring login codes of gaming and gambling sites the victim was subscribed to. Once infected, the phone was also sending premium-rate text messages to the hacker’s account. Google, an Android maker, is well aware of the rapid increase of malware in their ecosystem and is expected to add new security features in the upcoming Android 4.2 release. As Android’s popularity increases, same happens with the attempts to steal money from unsuspecting users. With that in mind, we suggest that you never install applications from unknown sources (blogs, forums etc.) and stick to the official Google Play Store to get apps to your mobile device. Source: BBC news.

Article written by Adam G.

Adam is a computer security enthusiast, web developer and Windows/Linux geek. Loves metal music, chess and Starbucks.

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