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Symantec Issues Warning About Another Android Malware

There is an application in the Android Market called “Walk & Text” it was an innovative idea where it would put up a view of your Android devices rear facing camera so that you could see it and text at the same time, allowing you to see what’s in front of you.

According to Symantec, that Walk & Text app was pirated, turned into malware and submitted to several file sharing sites in North America and Asia. The pirated version of the app is is labeled version 1.3.7 however the developers of the original version of Wal k& Text say there isn’t a version number 1.3.7.

Once installed the pirated version of the app displays a text box that says the app is in the process of being cracked or compromised. It also displays messages that say things like “We really hope you learned something from this.  Check your phone bill 😉 Oh and don’t forget to buy the app from the market”  While this is going on the malicious app is mining sensitive information on your phone and sending it back to an unknown server.

The reason for collecting the information is unknown. It’s also unknown whether this is some kind of practical joke to discourage app piracy from the developer themselves.

Source: Cnet

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  1. Installing random apps from the internet is like having unprotected sex with complete strangers. You never know what you’re going to get.

  2. While I don’t condemn anyone who decides to go the route of piracy, and/or software sources outside of the Android Market, I can say that I have never had to go outside the Market for any application I’ve needed, nor have I ever had to pay for an app. My point? It is possible to live in a world where you make due with what the Market provides.

    Anyone who chooses to go outside of the Market is accepting the risk to their data, and/or their device.

    My hopes are that Android “power users” aren’t turning their less-than-knowing friends/family on to these less-than-condoned 3rd party sites, and inadvertently setting them up for identity theft, fraud and/or other types of malicious goings-ons.

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