Droid Danger: Top 10 Android Malware Families


2. OpFake

Constituting 14 percent of Android malware threats Trend Micro found, OpFake is a family of malware that masquerades as a downloader for the Opera browser, an alternative to Google's Chrome browser on Android devices. The malware authors behind the Trojan family monetize it by silently sending premium-rate text messages. The threat was detected last year and started targeting Android devices, but the OpFake cybercriminal gang turned their sites on Symbian phones and jail-broken iPhones. The attack continues to spread through a variety of methods, including a fake Android market and a phony pop-up message on some websites that tricks victims into believing their browser is out of date.