Panda Security discovered SMS Malware in Play Store Apps (or tries to make PR)




It’s always such a thing when developers of antivirus software or other security solutions refer to newly discovered risks. Sure, would be bad if these providers discover something as a last resort, after all, is their job. Nevertheless, one should not immediately push panic because it can be used of course also ideal for PR purposes. Long story short, the developer Panda Security has discovered new SMS malware on Google Play. This ensures that users are logged in to a premium SMS subscription service, which of course costs money. The apps affected come from various fields, there are already at least 300,000 units have been infected, on average, to a loss of EUR 20 arise.

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Among the harmful apps are diet, workout, recipe and hairstyles apps. Unfortunately, Panda Security does not cover the apps by name, which in turn is incomprehensible if it’s so dangerous. Using the app Abs Diets explains how the infection comes about:

Once the application is installed and the user has accepted the Terms of Use, the following occurs: Ostensibly a number of tips are shown to reduce belly fat. In the background, the malicious app connects from the corresponding victim Smartphone to a website to register the user for the paid SMS subscription service. The telephone number of the victim will be procured through the internationally known and popular WhatsApp Messenger, in the moment in which the user opens the message app. The other rogue applications work in a similar way.

Next lets Panda Security announced that the apps in question might spend more time in the Play Store because the user decides to accept the permissions. So we have a non-mention of the dangerous Apps and the view that these were apparently not reported by Panda Security to Google. Google responds in such cases usually quite quickly, which would mean that this just is not a long time would be available in the Play Store.

But as luck would have it, Panda Security has “in its security solution” Panda Mobile Security (v1.1) the “Privacy Auditor” integrated. This feature classified Apps for premium SMS services under the category of “Cost Money”, where they can be easily erased. “Phew, pig had.

Sorry Panda Security, either it is a something on the safety of users, or you just want to bring his product to the man. Too many factors (no single mention of apps, “apps might even longer in the Play Store linger,” its own security solution as savior) to speak to an attempt to scare tactics to spread their own product.

Of course you should not take such threats lightly, and who feels insecure, is also a security solution avail ( here presented Norton just one year of its solution ). These often provide some useful additional features. And of course you should ogle the required permissions an app critical. If one of something funny, is not better to install. Although an official App Store brings a certain level of security, but can be ruled out malicious apps is not 100%. The safest method is still to keep your eyes open, read reviews and prefer to install an app in doubt less.
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