(Image source: Rovio)


BY EVAN THOMAS

ANCHOR CHRISTIAN BRYANT


If you don’t have Angry Birds: Space yet, you should make sure you’re getting the real thing. Security firm Sophos reports there’s a strain of malware hidden in unofficial copies of Rovio’s popular game.

According to the Naked Security blog, the malware hides malicious code in an image file, where it’s unlikely to be spotted. Once downloaded to your phone, the compromised app can loop your phone into a botnet.

This could be a big problem, as the game has already been downloaded more than ten million times. The Wall Street Journal says Rovio needs to look out for its most popular franchise.

“Even though this is a problem that affects all game publishers, Rovio is really big, and they’re a one-hit kind of company. Certainly they don’t want this problem to be any bigger for them than it is for the ecosystem as a whole.”

And for its part, Rovio has taken to its website, warning its users to make sure they download the game from a reliable source, like Rovio’s site, or the Google Play app market.

If you are going to download apps from unofficial markets, intoMobile suggests you take the time to read some of the fine print.

“For instance, if you’re about to download Angry Birds and you notice that the developer is not Rovio, you’re about to make a terrible mistake.”

The Amazon market is probably safe, at least — Sophos doesn’t say it’s compromised.

Malware Spotted in Copies of Angry Birds

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Apr 14, 2012

Malware Spotted in Copies of Angry Birds

 


(Image source: Rovio)


BY EVAN THOMAS

ANCHOR CHRISTIAN BRYANT


If you don’t have Angry Birds: Space yet, you should make sure you’re getting the real thing. Security firm Sophos reports there’s a strain of malware hidden in unofficial copies of Rovio’s popular game.

According to the Naked Security blog, the malware hides malicious code in an image file, where it’s unlikely to be spotted. Once downloaded to your phone, the compromised app can loop your phone into a botnet.

This could be a big problem, as the game has already been downloaded more than ten million times. The Wall Street Journal says Rovio needs to look out for its most popular franchise.

“Even though this is a problem that affects all game publishers, Rovio is really big, and they’re a one-hit kind of company. Certainly they don’t want this problem to be any bigger for them than it is for the ecosystem as a whole.”

And for its part, Rovio has taken to its website, warning its users to make sure they download the game from a reliable source, like Rovio’s site, or the Google Play app market.

If you are going to download apps from unofficial markets, intoMobile suggests you take the time to read some of the fine print.

“For instance, if you’re about to download Angry Birds and you notice that the developer is not Rovio, you’re about to make a terrible mistake.”

The Amazon market is probably safe, at least — Sophos doesn’t say it’s compromised.

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