Virus discovered on Android phones

Russian Antivirus giant Kaspersky has uncovered a virus for the Google mobile OS named Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a, which contacts premium phone numbers and amasses a large phone bill for the mobile owner.

This is the first infection to be recorded on Android and arrives disguised as a media application for the OS, in an innocent looking 13KB .APK file. After it's been installed by the unsuspecting party, the handset starts to send text messages to premium rate phone number with nether the mobile owners consent, or knowledge.

Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a has already reportedly infected a number of Android handsets, although it hasn't been disclosed by Kaspersky how many phones or what version of the platform, let alone what devices are at risk.

There was a case noted of Spyware infecting the Google Android OS back in 2009, which didn't appear to be a major threat at the time.

The AV company recommends paying close attention to any services an installed application requests access to, with a view that anything looking to use the SMS functionality now this threat has been discovered should be kept a close eye upon.

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