Virus writers hit Google Android phones
A malicious application that can steal cash via phones running Google's Android operating system has been found.
The program poses as a media player but once installed starts sending premium rate text messages.
The service being sent messages is operated by the malicious app's creator, who scoops up the fees.
Discovered by Kaspersky Labs, it is believed to be the first booby-trapped application for Android.
In a security advisory Kaspersky said that the virus - Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a - is being spread by text message. The message prompts users to install an application, 13KB in size, which purports to be a media player.
The virus was most prevalent among Russian Android users. The risk to Android owners worldwide is believed to be low.
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