Android Trojan can be easily removed, says expert

Kaspersky Lab reports first SMS-sending Trojan that affects Android phone users

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Android Trojan can be easily removed, says expert Kaspersky Lab reports first SMS-sending Trojan that affects Android phone users.
By  Vineetha Menon Published  August 17, 2010

The first Trojan-SMS malware that targets Google's Android OS has started infecting smartphones.

Named Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a, security specialists Kaspersky Lab reports that it has alredy been found in "a number of mobile devices", without revealing concrete numbers.

Disguised as a media player application, users are asked to install a file of about 13KB that sports the standard Android extension .APK.

Once installed, the Trojan uses the system to send SMSs to premium rate numbers without the user's knowledge or consent, which means money gets transferred from a user's account directly to that of the cybercriminals.

"The Trojan-SMS category is currently the most widespread class of malware for mobile phones, but Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a is the first to specifically target the Android platform," stated Kaspersky.

"This case is one of the indicators of the platform's growing popularity, but not the only one. Unfortunately we don't have an exact number of infections but we think that this number is not very big. SMS Trojans (for different platforms like J2ME, Symbian, Windows Mobile and now for Android) are the most ‘popular' malicious programs today in the segment of mobile malware," explained Denis Maslennikov, senior malware analyst and mobile research group manager at Kaspersky Lab.

Maslennikov adds that it's fairly easy to rid yourself of the infection - it can be deleted by a standard Android uninstaller.

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