A security firm called NetQin has identified a new malware threat against Android users. The threat has a fee deduction app inside some games to steal money from the players. The malware is disguised as the games Mole Attack, Jawbreaker, and Five Chess among others. The apps will subscribe the players to paid services without permission resulting in fraudulent charges. NetQin says that so far the malware has only infected Chinese users.
The malware is called MSO.anim and is distributed mostly though application download networks. All three of the games that are infected have almost identical characteristics. Once the games are installed it determines the network used and if the device is web connected. If web connected, the malware establishes a data connection and then accesses a website to start the fee deduction.
NetQin says that to protect their devices the user needs protection, naturally the recommended protection app is the one offered by NetQin. The company also suggests that users only download from trusted sites and check bills frequently to stop any rogue charges.