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  • Trojan Horse Discovered Inside iOS App Store


    If you have downloaded the 'Find and Call' application from the iOS App Store recently, a trojan horse has probably, and likely, affected you. The news comes from a Kaspersky blog post and the application was also available in the Google Play store and affected Android devices in the same way. Kaspersky claims to have alerted both Apple and Google about the issue.

    Find and Call, after being installed on oneís iPhone, would basically upload your contact book information to a third party server, where the server could then send messages to each and every one of your contacts telling them to download the Find and Call application from the iOS App Store with a link to download it. Additionally, the application would pretend that you were the one sending the message by causing the caller ID on your friendís phone to display as if you sent the message to them.

    Because the caller ID on your friendís phone would show that you sent the message instead of an automated service, your friend would have a higher chance of downloading the application and being infected by it since they would probably trust you if you had recommended an application to them. After installing the application, your friendís contact list would also be uploaded to the third party server, causing a vicious cycle of issues.

    While itís known that the contact information was used to try to get more people to download the infection, itís not known what else the contact information uploaded to the third party server was being used for.

    As we know, iOS 6 will be adding a feature to the mobile operating system that tightens security on applications by allowing the user to choose whether or not an application can have access to your personal data by prompting you every time it tries to access it. Hopefully outbreaks such as this one, involving 'Find and Call,' can be controlled by this new feature and we wonít see this same issue happen in the iOS App Store again.

    Sources: Kaspersky Blog via MacWorld
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Trojan Horse Discovered Inside iOS App Store started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. Stefman_R's Avatar
      Stefman_R -
      If the server is in Russia wouldn't it be super expensive to message American numbers?
    1. hank197857's Avatar
      hank197857 -
      i have over 120 apps on my phone. less than 20 come from the app store
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Quote Originally Posted by radioBirdman View Post
      Hang on what? This was a $99 app? What was it actually supposed to do for the $99?
      I'm talking about the developer license.
    1. Darkflame's Avatar
      Darkflame -
      Quote Originally Posted by mmaboi21 View Post
      Just downloaded! Thanks for the info, great app!
      I just got your text. I agree this app is crazy. I'm submitting this for the best app ever awards!
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      This confused me for a second lol.
      Lol I knew I'd get somebody. Didn't know it'd be a mod

      Quote Originally Posted by Darkflame View Post
      I just got your text. I agree this app is crazy. I'm submitting this for the best app ever awards!
      Lol
    1. radioBirdman's Avatar
      radioBirdman -
      Quote Originally Posted by H4CK3R View Post
      I'm talking about the developer license.
      Ahhh thanks.