Kaspersky identifies first Android trojan

Smartphones are actually pretty powerful tiny computers of their own, packing in far more processing power and capabilities compared to the best desktop 15 years ago. Well, one thing that has remained consistent since then till today would be the presence of viruses, in this case, a malware on the Android platform known as Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer. Kaspersky identified this piece of malware which comes disguised as a media player app, but it will send text messages secretly in the background to various destinations that will charge the user, where it will be done more often than not sans permission or notices. The code itself is touted to be a moneymaking scheme for criminals. This is the first Android-native code to appear, and you can be sure that it won’t be the last considering the explosive growth of the Android platform. Prior to this, iPhones were known to have issues with viruses apart from various other problems after jailbreaking. Guess Apple isn’t alone anymore in this aspect.

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