Similar to the Walk and Text threat, this attack is designed solely to send a political message and shame the user. During this Android Trojan attack, users are asked to grant permission to install an app on their phone that purports to be the Android game Dog Wars. Once installed, the display icon of the bogus Dog Wars app bundled with the Trojan appears almost identical to that of the legitimate app. However, one small difference is that the icon of the malicious app reads PETA instead of BETA. The Trojan code is then injected as a package called Dogbite. Once the infected device starts up, a service called, “Rabies” launches in the background. As the Rabies service is executed, it sends out a text message to everyone on the contact list of the user's phone that read “I take pleasure in hurting small animals, just thought you should know that.” The attack culminates by sending an SMS message to 73822 with the word “text,” which is an attempt to sign up the compromised device to a text/alert service operated by PETA.
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