There appears to be a new rogue application circulating that fools Android users into thinking it is a viable application from Google Apps.
Speaking with gmanews.tva spokesperson from Microsoft (I understand the supposed originator of the app, although it isn’t) said “This malware is cleverly disguised and to an unsuspecting user it may seem legitimate.”
Apparently, the malware is disguised as an MSN application. It has been given a flag number – MSN 2012 – by the AndroidPolice.com website. The organisation issued a statement describing the app as inappropriate. As such, it has warned Android handset users not to be fooled by it. However, from what I gather this can easily happen as the malware looks as if it is a legitimate piece of software created by Microsoft as it mentions the software giant’s name, although this is not the real name. The real name is Microsoft Corp but the fake name, which labels the malware, is MicrosDft Corporation.
In general I think it is always wise to check diligently before downloading and installing any software, whatever the gadget you are using – computer or smartphone. Hackers of all descriptions are hell bent on getting their hands on your private information, and as has been shown above are not averse to using the credibility of major companies in the process.
The spokesperson for AndroidPolice.com added “What’s even more worrisome is 10,000+ downloads and the amount of 5-star ratings, all of them undoubtedly either fake or created by unsuspecting victims.”