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13 Android Security Attacks To Watch

The openness of the Google Android platform has also enabled cyber criminals to create reams of malware designed to steal information or embarrass the user. Here are a few of the biggest Android attacks.

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Walk And Text

The Android Walkinwat malware masks itself in infected versions of "Walk and Text,’ in a type of attack known as "Shameware,’ which sends a message or attempts to compel action by publicly embarrassing the user. During the Walk and Text attack, the malware reads through the contacts on the user’s Android mobile device in order to blast out a humiliating SMS message pointing out that the app the user has downloaded is in fact a cheap, pirated copy. Coupled with the text message blast, the attack will also display a dialog to the user, insulting him or her for downloading a pirated app. The intention of the attack is an oblique attempt to shame the user into purchasing the legitimate app.

One text message reads: Hey, just downloaded a pirated App off the Internet, Walk and Text for Android. I’m stupid and cheap, it only costs 1 buck. Don’t steal like I did.

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