The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) released a warning this week concerning malware attacks on Android. In previous posts we’ve discussed how dangerous it can be when users blindly accept Terms and Conditions when installing an app. From the warning:
“Loozfon is an information-stealing piece of malware,” P.E.D. reports. “Criminals use different variants to lure the victims. One version is a work-at-home opportunity that promises a profitable payday just for sending out email. A link within these advertisements leads to a website that is designed to push Loozfon on the user’s device. The malicious application steals contact details from the user’s address book and the infected device’s phone number.”
This app is not the first of its kind on Google Play Market. We’ve seen similar apps that use household brand names to trick users into downloading malware. The unlicensed apps use trademarks, copyrighted content, and images from companies to increase downloads from mobile phone users. The apps then harvest user information and infect phones with spyware/malware.