Google pulls RuFraud apps from Android Market
Google has had to take action over the latest reports of malware apps. According to the BBC, Google has moved to take down 22 applications from the Android Market, which were found to be running the RuFraud” scam…
The BBC reports:
Apps posing as popular third-party software such as Angry Birds tricked users into sending premium text messages. Unlike some other app services, Android Market apps are not vetted prior to being added to the store.
Google has said it swiftly removes apps that violate its security policies. Lookout, a mobile security company based in San Francisco, believes the fraud attempt originated from Russia.
Android.Rufraud is “a Trojan horse for Android devices that sends SMS messages to premium-rate phone numbers,” states Symantec. The level of damage it causes – beyond hitting you in the pocket, of course, is described as “Low”, and its removal as “Easy”.