On August 9th, Kaspersky Labs discovered the first seriously malicious trojan application for the Google Android platform. It’s named “Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a” and disguise itself as legit Android application in form of a media player.
This, again shows how important it is to have some sort of control of the applications allowed onto a consumer device that is so heavily relied on as a phone is
“The new malicious program penetrates smartphones running Android in the guise of a harmless media player application. Users are prompted to install a file of just over 13 KB with the standard Android extension .APK. Once installed on the phone, the Trojan uses the system to begin sending SMSs to premium rate numbers without the owner’s knowledge or consent, resulting in money passing from a user’s account to that of the cyber criminals.”