Sophos's Naked Security Blog is always covering the internet security field and also giving us useful advises and tips for exploring the big cum sometimes dangerous world of Internet. And the team has also shared a warning for Smartphone Internet Users. Hope you all have known that Instagram is now of Facebook. At the time, Fake Instagram Apps Are Spreading All Over Android Devices With Malware.
Of course this incident is showing the massive presence of Malicious Android App Developers who developed such Application in a time of a few weeks. The Instagram App was launched just a few weeks ago and hit 1 Million Downloads in 24 Hours. Malware authors are distributing malware disguised as the popular app and there are a few pretty convincing fakes around that might trick the unsuspecting app shopper. The Malicious application is found on separate websites rather than Google Play.
Sophos adds the following after downloading and testing the Fake Instagram Apps among with saying that if you download anything for your Android device that is not from the official Google Play store and you don’t know what you’re doing, then you run the risk of all sorts of nasty happening to your phone or tablet.
In our tests, the app didn’t do a very good job of emulating the genuine Instagram app, but that may be because it failed to find the correct network operator. Because this is a malicious app that seems to be relying in the sending of background SMS messages to earn its creators revenue.
Curiously, contained inside the .APK file is a random number of identical photos a man.
Maybe the reason why his picture is included multiple times is to change the fingerprint of the .APK in the hope that rudimentary anti-virus scanners might be fooled into not recognising the malicious package.We have no idea who the man is or whether there is a reason why his picture has been chosen to include in the download.
Nowadays, the spreading of malicious Android Apps are increasing day by day since android is being a popular mobile device platform among the tech world. Sophos's Security Team had also noted that a fake version of Angry Birds game was also being spread throughout the internet and making android devices Malicious.
Malware creators are certainly savvy and know what we will be looking for when it comes to the latest and most fashionable apps. Take care to check where your applications are coming from whether they are free or paid, what they access from your mobile device, and also do some research on those apps to find out the real aim behind the Application. Again saying beware of Internet while also being addicted of it.