Kaspersky Finds Fake Kaspersky Apps

Monday, May 19, 2014 @ 04:05 PM gHale

Researchers at Kaspersky Lab found fake Kaspersky mobile security solutions on the Windows Phone Store and Google Play.

The mobile apps uploaded by cybercriminals to popular app markets don’t necessarily have to be malicious in order to help them make some money. They can also upload applications that do nothing and ask users to pay for them.

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Kaspersky researchers found an application on the Windows Phone Store called Kaspersky Mobile. The app costs around $4.30, but it has nothing to do with the security company.

Similar to Virus Shield, the bogus app that made numerous headlines after hundreds of users purchased it from Google Play, this “Kaspersky Mobile” app apparently does not do anything, despite the fact the screenshots appear to demonstrate some interesting features.

The same people uploaded several bogus apps disguised as legitimate programs to the Windows Phone Store, including Mozilla Mobile, Avira Antivir, Netscape Mobile, Google Chrome Pro, Opera Mobile, Internet Explorer, and even Virus Shield.

On Google Play, researchers found an application called Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014. The app has nothing to do with the security company. In fact, Kaspersky’s mobile security solution is Kaspersky Internet Security for Android.

“The fake app does absolutely nothing to protect the user’s device – the creators didn’t even bother to add a simulation of a scanner,” Kaspersky Lab Expert Roman Unuchek said in a blog post.

“Instead of a security solution the buyer gets nothing more than a fake app whose functionality is limited to random statements along the lines of a Magic 8-Ball set against a background of the Kaspersky Anti-Virus logo.”

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