Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Read the Terms and Conditions!


Buried several levels deep within the Terms and conditions of your Angry Birds or Cut the Rope app may be a column that states that the app is able to send text messages resulting in premium SMS toll rates.

While in the app, users are unaware that the app is actually sending dozens of premium SMS messages, costing them $5 each! The person behind all of this mayhem is an Italian developer going under the name of, "Lagostrod", who within a space of a day had made $6,500, from the "SMS Trojan".

The Trojan targeted users in Europe, specifically from Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Czech Republic, Poland, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Latvia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Estonia as well as Great Britain, Italy, Israel, France, Great Britain, and Germany.

After dozens of complaints from users, Google has finally pulled all 18 of Lagostod's malicious applications from the Android Market. Hours after Lagostod's account was suspended, a developer named “Miriada Production” released many of the same Trojanized apps, it has since been removed. Next time when your downloading a popular application make sure to take a glance over the terms or conditions or at least look to see if the developer is in fact Rovio!

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