It’s not unusual for phishing emails to feature subjects of popular events such as holidays, sporting events, elections, etc. The London Olympics is also being used to exploit the Internet to infect your computer with malware. However, in addition to the usual email phishing attacks, this year the cyber crooks are also using bogus Android apps and app sites to spread their malware.
A recent CNET News article reports that bogus apps have been found, and since removed, on the Google Play Store. There are also other websites that offer Android apps for download. GFI Software has found that Russian servers are hosting websites that pose as legitimate 2012 Olympics apps, which are malware transporters (from their site to your computer).
These malware apps, once loaded onto your computer, range from
“rifling through your contacts, device info, and text messages”, to “sending messages to premium numbers without the user’s consent”; as reported by TrendLabs Malware Blog.
I suggest, if you’re looking for an Olympics Android app, or any Android app for that matter, to use a reputable download site such as CNET.com.
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