Android has finally come of age. Today, like iOS, Google's smartphone platform has a real, honest to goodness virus. PocketNow reports that Kaspersky Lab has found the malicious little bugger in Trojan named Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a. This nasty little number comes in the form of a 13 KB media player app.
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Once inside your machine, it automatically starts sending SMS messages to premium-rate numbers. This Trojan is the first such program to hit Android, although two pieces of malware hit the iPhone last year. Unfortunately, this is most likely the start of a trend. The future will undoubtedly contain more Android viruses.
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In order to protect yourself, be extra careful when downloading apps. Only install programs from trusted sources and ALWAYS read the comments and user reviews beforehand. If you have any doubts, take to the Internet and see if you can dig up any dirt on that skeevy-looking app. It is a pain in the butt, but much better than the other option...paying money out the nose.