Fake BBM app fools 100,000 Android users

Fake BBM app fools 100,000 Android users by targeting rumored release date

Cybercriminals cashed in on an internet rumor to fool 100,000 Android users into downloading a fake BlackBerry Messenger app for Android.

Cybercriminals cashed in on an internet rumor to fool 100,000 Android users into downloading a fake BlackBerry Messenger app for Android.

Cybercriminals cashed in on an internet rumor to fool 100,000 Android users into downloading a fake BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) app for Android.

The fake BBM app – masquerading as an eagerly awaited download, and released to coincide with a rumored release date – instead delivered adware. The app had been downloaded 100,000 times before Google removed it from Play Store, according to a report by CNET.

BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is a popular messaging system and “mobile social network” currently bundled with BlackBerry’s operating system – but the company announced in May this year that the software would launch on iOS and Android.

Persistent internet rumor suggested that the product was to launch on June 27 – so scammers launched the fake BBM app called “BlackBerry Messenger BBM” last week, with the developer name listed as RIM. Research in Motion was a previous name for BlackBerry.

When launched, the app showed a screen suggesting that it would begin working on June 27 – then attempted to persuade users to authorize an advertising service on their handsets.

ESET Security Evangelist Stephen Cobb discusses some of the wider security issues around Android in a blog post here.

 

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