Fake installers for software are a common threat for PCs, but they are not so prevalent for mobiles – until now.
According to PCmag.com, detection and analysis by F-Secure of a malicious application posing as Adobe Flash Player found that this targeted Android devices. While F-Secure was unable to determine the origin of the app, it said that it was possible that the app was being circulated on third-party Android marketplaces, while victims may have received text messages or emails encouraging them to download the malware.
Once infected, the malware starts to gather information from the infected Android and organises it into a locally-stored SQL database. This is then sent to what appears to be a Russian URL, though the operation could be based elsewhere. The malware is also able to send SMS messages, which F-Secure called unsurprising.