Popular App Means Malware’s Brewing

Thursday, April 19, 2012 @ 05:04 PM gHale

Instagram, the popular free photo sharing app for iOS devices, is now available for download for Android users on Google Play and Instagram’s website. But just make sure it is real.

That is because a rogue malicious version of the popular app is also hitting Russian Android users, offered from a webpage that mimics the legitimate one.

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The same approach worked in offering a malicious version of the just released Angry Birds Space, said Trend Micro fraud analyst Karla Agregado.

Once one of those two apps downloads and runs, it prompts users to send an SMS message to a premium rate number in order to “activate” the app, and then connects to specific sites, likely set on downloading other malware onto the users’ device.

While malicious apps do sometimes find their way onto Google Play, that site is by far a better place to download apps than from third party sites.

Alternatively, users should download them from the actual, legitimate website of the app’s developer. In order to do be sure they are doing that, users should always check the URL of the page before starting the download.

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