A smartphone Trojan which spreads via text messaging and effects Android has been found by researchers in the wild. The Trojan appears to be a harmless media player app has already infected a number of smartphones, according to Kaspersky Labs.
The Trojan then operates on the phone, sending SMSs to premium rate phone numbers without the owner’s knowledge. The money shifts from a user’s account to the cyber criminals.
“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,” said Denis Maslennikov, Mobile Research Group Manager at Kaspersky Lab. “As a result, we can expect to see a corresponding rise in the amount of malware targeting that platform. 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.”