Experts at the antivirus software company Sophos have detected a Trojan loaded fake version of the mega popular mobile phone game Angry Birds Space app for Android smartphones. Initially the fake was available for download at various alternative Android app marketplaces, but now, despite the introduction of stricter new security algorithms by Google, the malicious code ridden app has also been detected even in Google Play Store, reports RedMondPie.
The fake app has the potential to seriuously compromise the security of your data on Android smartphone. A statement issued by the game maker on its website says “As you get ready to pop pigs in zero gravity, watch out for fake versions of Angry Birds Space, and make sure to download safe by getting the official game from Rovio.”
Sophos says that the malicious code hidden within two image files of the game is capable of getting root access to your Android gadget.
This fully functional fake version of Angry Birds Space is inherently a Trojan Horse Andr / KongFu-L, which converts your device into a part of botnet. So, after installing the “app” when the user is fascinated by the new game installment, the Trojan continues to load additional malware on the machine from a remote server in the background, giving hackers full access to the infected smartphone.
Rovio strongly recommends that users be more cautious of the content they are downloading, asking them to pay attention to the author of app, which means they ask fans to download only the original Rovio app.
However, experts say that if you have accidentally already downloaded and installed the fake app of latest Angry Birds Space installment, you must make sure to immediately backup your data and clean the device to prevent any further communication of your device with the remotely controlling server.