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Careful! Flappy Bird Clones Carry Harmful Malware

We repeat: Do not download Flappy Bird clones. On Tuesday, McAfee Labs published a report explaining how hackers ar...

Careful! Flappy Bird Clones Carry Harmful Malware

We repeat: Do not download Flappy Bird clones. On Tuesday, McAfee Labs published a report explaining how hackers are targeting your phones, and they seem to love clones of popular apps.

 

After Flappy Bird’s creator pulled the game from the App Store in February citing “addictiveness” as the problem, copycats have been hard at work churning out clones. The trouble is that, according to McAfee, about 79% of those clones contain malicious software.

Once the app’s in your phone, the creator can see your contacts and make phone calls, track your location and remotely install additional apps. They can read, send and receive your text messages.

 

"The year 2014 has already given us ample evidence that mobile malware developers are playing on these inclinations, to manipulate the familiar, legitimate features in the mobile apps and services we recognize and trust. Developers must become more vigilant with the controls they build into these apps, and users must be more mindful of what permissions they grant," warned McAfee VP, Vincent Weafer.

 

So -- vigilance is our watchword. Be careful what you download, and stay safe.

 

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