Malware as a PSA?
Users who download pirated Android apps rather than paying for the legitimate versions on the Android Market may get called out by a high-minded Android Trojan.
An Android application is masquerading as a malicious program to teach phone owners the perils of downloading pirated software from third-party markets or file-sharing sites.
The offending application touts itself as a nonexistent version of a legitimate application Walk and Text currently available on the Android Market, Symantec researcher Irfan Asrar wrote on the company’s Symantec Connect blog on March 30. Walk and Text v. 1.3.7 can be found on several “renowned file-sharing Websites” throughout North America and Asia, he said. Symantec has identified this mobile Trojan as Android.Walkinwat.
The mobile application doesn’t take control of the Android device nor does it compromise user data in any permanent way, but it does collect personal information, such as names, phone numbers and IMEI information, Irfan said. The entire purpose of Android.Walkinwat is to catch and embarrass individuals who download pirated Android applications rather than paying for the legitimate version from the Android Market, Asrar said.