A rogue Android app that sends an embarrassing message to the user's contacts, has already affected thousands of people and is spreading fast to cause problems for many more, a security manager from Symantec has warned.
According to reports, the app is a fake copy of the legitimate 'Walk and Text' app, that allows a user to see what’s in front of them while they are simultaneously walking and texting, which is available via Google’s official Android Market, as well as some unofficial Android app stores.
"They took the legitimate app, decompiled it, added the malicious code, recompiled it and then placed it on small Android side markets," John Engels of Symantec explained.
On the Android Market, the original app is priced at $1.54. The rogue app, which appears to have been mad by anti-piracy vigilantes, sends an embarrassing message to all the user's contacts in their phone’s address book.
The message reads: “Hey, just downloaded a pirated App off the Internet," the message reads. "Walk and Text for Android. I’m stupid and cheap, it costed only 1 buck. Don't steal like I did!”
And when the app runs, a final message appears on the screen that states: “We really hope you learned something from this.”