The SMS virus, once installed, sends SMSs to premium rate numbers without users consent.
A variant of the widespread Trojan-SMS has founds its way into smartphones running Google’s Android operating system. The virus is called Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a, and has already infected a number of mobile phones, according to Kaspersky Lab.
The Trojan guises itself as a media player application and prompts users to install a 13KB file using standard Android .apk extension. Once installed the trojan “uses the system to begin sending SMSs to premium rate numbers without the owner’s knowledge or consent, resulting in money passing from a user’s account to that of the cybercriminals.”
“The IT market research and analysis organization IDC has noted that those selling devices running Android are experiencing the highest growth in sales among smartphone manufacturers. As a result, we can expect to see a corresponding rise in the amount of malware targeting that platform,” says Denis Maslennikov, Mobile Research Group Manager at Kaspersky Lab. “Kaspersky Lab is actively developing technologies and solutions to protect this operating system and plans to release Kaspersky Mobile Security for Android in early 2011.”
Users are suggested to keep an eye on the applications they install on their systems.