Fake Angry Birds Space Android App Has Malware

For those of you using Android, this is probably worth looking out for: a fake version of Angry Birds Space, doing the rounds on some alternative Android stores (not Google Play). Apparently this app can potentially install malware onto your Android device.

Security company Sophos and Rovio both issued a warning against this app.

"The Trojan horse, which Sophos detects as Andr/KongFu-L, appears to be a fully-functional version of the popular smartphone game, but uses the GingerBreak exploit to gain root access to the device, and install malicious code," claimed Sophos senior technology consultant Graham Cluley. "The Trojan communicates with a remote website in an attempt to download and install further malware onto the compromised Android smartphone."

Rovio's statement was far simpler ("watch out for fake versions of Angry Birds Space" was the long and short of it), but regardless it's probably worth just triple checking before downloading Angry Birds from any alternate Android stores.

You can find out more about the threat at the Sophos webpage here.

Fake Angry Birds Slingshot Malware Onto Android Phones [All Things D]


Comments

    not Google Play 0_o

    How many market places are there on Android?

    There are a couple such as the Amazon Appstore for Android. You can also install any app from it's .apk file.

    Obviously if you are installing apps from alternate marketplaces, be careful what you are doing.

    I use GetJar to get a few games on my mum's kindle fire. The thing hasn't launched in australia yet so you can't download apps yet.

    Wow, didn't even know there were alternate marketplaces for apps. I won't be going near them!

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