22 apps kicked from Android Market over premium SMS toll fraud

22 apps kicked from Android Market over premium SMS toll fraud

Lookout Mobile Security has identified a new series of Android apps with yet another type of malware, this time in form of premium SMS toll fraud.  Called RuFraud, these applications often disguised themselves as horoscope apps, wallpaper apps for Twilight, and/or free versions of popular games.  Lookout notified Google who promptly pulled the dirty apps and will continue to monitor for any new instances.

Totaling 22 apps in all, these affected European users living in Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Czech Republic, Poland, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Latvia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Estonia as well as Great Britain, Italy, Israel, France, and Germany.  Lookout has issued an update on their end to protect against the RuFraud and says that only a few instances of each were able to affect users.

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19 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    December 13, 11:08 Reply

    Which apps? Without the list, this seems more like a promotion from LookOut to get more subscribers.

  2. Havoc70
    December 13, 11:21 Reply

    Which apps would be nice to know, instead of just an advertisement for Lookout

  3. Ashshlay
    December 13, 13:56 Reply

    Some apps like Droidspeed, turboDroid, Droidbattery(or something similar), are known to sign you up for premium messaging services that will cost you $9.99 on your carrier’s bill. They send a text in the background the subscribes you and many people never reply with stop to discontinue the service. The most common way to install these is from clicking on in game ads that prompt you to install apps out of the market. people don’t read that they are subscribing when they open the app or sometimes it didn’t tell them. Luckily most are out of the market.

  4. Anonymous
    December 13, 19:07 Reply

    wow, nice ad for lookout.  every heard of conflict of interest?  scott webster, are you really ashton kutchie?  

  5. Dominus
    December 14, 02:40 Reply

    Transparent advertising bullshit. 

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