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Appearing similar to the first Android infection reported a month ago, the latest Trojan-SMS malware sets up a clear money pathway from the Android-based phone of the victim to the cyber criminals.

According to kaspersky Lab, the latest Trojan, called SMS.AndroidOD.FakePlayer.b, appears to be a media player to the soon-to-be-infected phone user.  Although at 16.4KB, it would have to be a remarkably compact piece of software.

Delivery of the malware is the amusing part of this tale.

Should an Android-based phone owner be unwise enough to search for pornographic videos, they might find that a variety of Russian-language sites appear at the top of the search results.

According to Kaspersky's report on the new malware, "the owners of these adult content sites are deliberately prompting Android users to download the new Trojan, while users of other platforms receive the desired content."

Unlike many Windows-targeted viruses and trojans which are infecting merely by visiting a loaded web site, the Trojan-SMS must be manually installed by the user.  The package, called porkplayer.apk is (supposedly) required to view the adult content videos.

During the installation process, the software requests permission to send SMS messages, something that ought to seem odd to anyone installing a media player.

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David Heath

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David Heath has over 25 years experience in the IT industry, specializing particularly in customer support, security and computer networking. Heath has worked previously as head of IT for The Television Shopping Network, as the network and desktop manager for Armstrong Jones (a major funds management organization) and has consulted into various Australian federal government agencies (including the Department of Immigration and the Australian Bureau of Criminal Intelligence). He has also served on various state, national and international committees for Novell Users International; he was also the organising chairman for the 1994 Novell Users' Conference in Brisbane. Heath is currently employed as an Instructional Designer, building technical training courses for industrial process control systems.

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