Hackers Deliberately Distribute Infected Angry Bird Space to Android Users
The latest installment of Rovio’s insanely popular mobile game series, the Angry Bird Space, is being hijacked by some malicious individuals to deliver a rather nasty malware to unsuspecting users. An analyst from Sophos, a Web security firm, reported that his company had found a fake version of the game that hosts a dangerous payload. The fake version is circulating on unofficial app stores and Sophos warned Android users to download only from Google Play and other trusted app stores. The game appears to be working properly but it installs a Trojan horse commonly identified as Andr/KongFu-L on tablets and smartphones. Once installed, the malware attempts to download more malware into the device, essentially putting the device under others’ control. Cybercriminals tends to use apps related to the most popular topic to lure potential victims and embed harmful codes.
Due to open nature of the Android community, users should remind themselves to watch for malware risks and to be cautious when downloading apps from little-known app stores. On the other hand, unlike Android, Apple screens all its apps and requires users to download only from the official App Store. Android is an open platform and Google has little control on what people can do with the source code and third party apps. Although Android users are often advised to obtain apps only from Google Play, there have been instances of dubious apps showing up in the official venue.
Rovio’s Angry Bird Space was released on March 22 for the Android, iPad and iPhone devices as well as PCs and Macs. In just three days, the game soared to an unbelievable 10 million download mark, much faster that the developer’s last outing, the Angry Bird Rio.