Hacktivist app fakes out and then embarrasses pirates

March 31, 2011
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Generally, I don’t think Trojans and other things that can compromise your phone are funny. This one however is amusing and it's called Android.walkinwat. The app is on file sharing sites where pirates frequently download apps without paying for them.

It poses as the Walk and Text app that is really on the market. When the pirate installs the app it grabs some details from the phone and then gives the user a message telling them they were busted pirating an app.

The app then takes the numbers from the pirates contact book and sends out the text you see above. I guess they think embarrassing people is a good way to get them to stop pirating.

[via PC World]


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  • Anonymous

    At the very least, this is hilarious :)

  • PacoBell

    “costed”? *groan!*

  • http://profiles.google.com/roelfrenkema Roelf Renkema

    A new app called Privacy Blocker takes care of this. No sweat :-D

    • http://profiles.google.com/drew.dormann Drew Dormann

      Did you really try Privacy Blocker on this app?

      I have not, but I suspect Privacy Blocker would tell the user that this app wants access to your address book and wants the ability to send text messages.

      And this is a text messaging app, so none of that is unusual.

      If anyone has tried Privacy Blocker on this, please share. I’m curious.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, well if Google would allow paid apps in Android Market for all countries one might have an option… But since they don’t one has limited options.

  • Jon Garrett

    that’s pretty lame. I can see displaying a text to the user but to send this message to one’s contacts is really stupid. people have their employer’s phone numbers in their contacts.

    • John_clavis

      Then maybe they shouldn’t steal.

  • Jon Garrett

    that’s pretty lame. I can see displaying a text to the user but to send this message to one’s contacts is really stupid. people have their employer’s phone numbers in their contacts.