Android operating system has according to Anti-virus firm Kaspaersky become infected by the first SMS virus. Suitably named: ‘Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a’ The trojan virus pretends to be a smartphone media player but covertly sends SMS messages to premium rate text numbers running up a bill at the handset owners expense.
So far this has only effected Android users in Russia.
According to Google: – “the application permissions.. protect against this type of threat. When installing an application, users see a screen that explains clearly what information and resources the application has permission to access”
Its likely that with the surge of handsets being released that take advantage of the Google Android mobile operating system (Samsung galaxy s, HTC Desire, Motorola Droid…to name just a few) the problem of malicious software and viruses is likely to rise as it becomes more and more popular. Android may experience something like the Microsoft Windows platform has had to cope with over the years.
Rest assured I’m sure the mighty Anti-virus providers will be there to help worried customers and loosen our purse strings at the same time for the price of peace of mind! I’m not looking forward to the day when i need complete malware protection on my mobile phone.
In the mean time precautions Id recommend taking: -
1). Install a highly rated Anti virus program from Android Market. There are free ones available.
2). Don’t open SMS messages or install applications you don’t trust,
3). If you do install applications then read the warning showing what it wants access to and what personal information it might need, if you accept the agreement and allow the software to install once it may have access to send premium rate SMS without reauthorising or notifying you.
Kaspersky have announced plans to release Mobile Security during the first half of 2011.