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An Android Trojan dubbed Walkinwat sends an SMS to all contacts stored on the phone, and sends personal data to a remote server.


Symantec reports that a fake version of an Android application exposes users to ridicule from their friends, family and business contacts.

A program masquerading as Walk and Text has appeared on several file sharing sites. The real Walk and Text is a messaging program that superimposes its display on a camera view of the real world, with the idea of avoiding embarrassing collisions and other mishaps. The app sells for €1.09 ($A1.49).

The bogus program seems designed to cause rather than avoid embarrassment, as it sends an SMS to everyone in the phone's contact list, reading "Hey,just downlaoded a pirated App off the Internet, Walk and Text for Android. Im stupid and cheap, it costed only 1 buck.Don't steal like I did!"

At the same time, it sends the user's name, phone number and other information to a remote server.

It finally taunts the user with the message: "Application Not Licensed. We really hope you learned something from this. Check your phone bill;) Oh and dont forget to buy the App from the Market".

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Stephen Withers

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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