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[Tom's Guide] Android Trojan Tells Contacts You're a Pirate

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"Hey, I just downloaded a pirated App off the Internet, Walk and Text for Android," the SMS message reads. "Im stupid and cheap, it costed only 1 buck. Don't steal like I did!"


"Interestingly enough, the Trojan performs the above set of actions in a routine of Android.Walkinwat called 'LicenseCheck,' something traditionally used by legitimate apps for license management in conjunction with a Licensing Verification Library available for the Android platform to help prevent piracy," Symantec added. "The authors of the malicious code have taken an extra step to make sure that their app was obfuscated, which is another recommended measure to prevent piracy."


The fake app doesn't do anything else once it gathers evidence and sends out the embarrassing messages, only closing with a pop-up labeled as Application Not Licensed. "We really hope you learned something from this," the message reads. "Check your phone bill. Oh, and don't forget to buy the App from the Market."


It wouldn't be surprising if this app was created by the original team behind the official Walk and Text app.
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Now THIS is how to do DRM.

Except for that whole gathering sensitive data thing.
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post #2 of 10
this is funny everyone in my contacts would be like so what did u download then they will go and do the same
post #3 of 10
Ya this would surprise no one in my contacts.
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Whoever created it wrote 'costed'. Their argument is invalid.
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Whoever created it wrote 'costed'. Their argument is invalid.
Exactly what I thought.
    
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Why can't it just notify the creator that so-so is using pirated software?

I don't support piracy, but I believe sending spam to other peoples phones and running the person's bill up is against the law, its like fighting fire with fire, and pissing off everyone else.

Stupid protection imo.
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Yeah, in the US, it costs those people money to receive each of those text messages, not just the person sending them. I get enough SMS spam as it is and each one costs me 20 %*$#ing cents...
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Yeah, in the US, it costs those people money to receive each of those text messages, not just the person sending them. I get enough SMS spam as it is and each one costs me 20 %*$#ing cents...
1 text message costs you 20c?

Do you not have any text message plan?
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1 text message costs you 20c?

Do you not have any text message plan?
I just have AT&T block all SMS to/from my phone. Problem solved.

I do use Google Voice SMS now though.

Edit: I didn't have a plan before I got GV- I sent maybe one message a month max. I saw no point in texting then nor do I see the point now, but I deal with it because everyone else uses SMS.
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While this is illegal, it's the epic kind of illegal that nobody cares about
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