App Containing Trojan Horse got in the App Store, later Pulled
It’s not very often that they slip up, but when the security team behind Apple’s App Store allow malware to get by them, you can bet we’re going to hear about it… The most recent case involves an app titled “Find and Call.” What the app was masquerading as is anyone’s guess (can you read that screenshot?!), but it quickly became apparent that it was a Trojan Horse, and security for the App Store and the Google Play storefront have since gotten the situation under control.
We’re doubting many U.S. readers fell for this Russian-language malware, but in case you did, here’s what might have happened… The Trojan Horse that came inside the “Find and Call” app had a way of tapping into your address book and uploading the corresponding info to a remote server. And if that’s not malicious enough, those who engineered the app had it text all of your contacts and tell them to download it too! Luckily, further victims to this malware would have no luck performing said download, seeing as “Find and Call” has already been pulled from the stores.
As the iOS platform goes, this is a pretty rare occurrence. Those of us who download from the App Store usually feel completely safe in installing whatever shows up. As for Android, this is really just any other day–especially considering the huge increase in malware that was recently recorded for the platform.
So how did this one get by Apple? And do we need to be concerned that it’s going to happen again? It’s tough to say, but let’s just take this as a good reminder to be extra careful in downloading any apps that appear the least bit suspicious…