WhatsApp is easily the application I use the most on a daily basis on my smartphones. I use it for work, I use it to reconnect, and I use it to send silly memes to silly people all the time.
Odds are, WhatsApp’s probably super important to you too. But when something’s very important, there will be people who will want to exploit it for malicious purposes — especially considering the amount of information that gets shared via WhatsApp. And the bad news is that these bad people may have a way in if you’re not careful.
Kaspersky has detected what appears to be the very first SMS Trojan attacking Android smartphones. The malicious program called Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a, has been reported to have attacked a number of Android phones.
The Trojan disguises itself as a harmless media player application send via SMS. When the SMS is opened, users are prompted to install a 13KB file. Once installed the program will tell the compromised Android device to send text messages to premium SMS services without the owner’s knowledge. As a result, if your phone has been infiltrated, get ready for a huge text bill at the end of the month.
As with such malwares, prevention is the best measure. If you’ve received SMS from unknown sources with links or attachments, don’t do anything and just IGNORE.
Check out the full report from Kaspersky Lab right after jump.