August 8, 2014
These malicious clones may appear as a normal gaming app to the average user, but these apps pack more functionality than the original game and can damage and invade a user’s mobile device. For example, one malicious clone named “com.touch18.flappybird.app (3113ad96fa1b37acb50922ac34f04352)” is able to manipulate a user’s mobile device a number of ways when downloaded:
Unfortunately, McAfee Labs does not expect the mobile malware trend to dwindle in the near future. Since mobile devices are easily infiltrated by attackers an increase in malicious apps is predicted, yet there are proactive measures users can take to stay secure. Software controls such as anti-malware and secure containers are a step in the right direction. These security measures along with a strong understanding of what is being downloaded and installed on a device are simple measures that can protect users from malicious apps.