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#1 TheSentinel

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 06:49 PM

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February 08, 2012
Spammers impersonate well-known developers to publish rogue apps on Android Market
The spammers are using font tricks to deceive Android Market users into trusting rogue app developers
By Lucian Constantin | IDG News Service

Spammers are impersonating well-known Android software developers in order to distribute rogue apps through the official Android Market.

Security researchers from antivirus firm Trend Micro have identified a developer named Rovio MobiIe Ltd. in the Android Market, which had a significant number of rogue applications in its portfolio.

Some users might immediately recognize Rovio Mobile as the name of the company behind one of the world's most popular mobile games, "Angry Birds."

However, in this case, the letter "l" from the original developer's name was replaced with a capital "i," which has a nearly identical visual representation under some fonts.

The apps distributed by Rovio MobiIe, with the capital "I", through the Android Market were fake copies of legitimate applications that directed users to spam websites.

While these apps are not as dangerous as the premium-rate SMS Trojans distributed from unofficial app stores, they are still malicious in nature and are created to deceive users.

Read more about at:
http://www.infoworld...d-market-186021



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