Beware dead ‘Flappy Bird’s’ malwarious return

Beware dead ‘Flappy Bird’s’ malwarious return

Cybercrooks have been quick to latch onto the hype about Flappy Bird‘s demise by laying a variety of malware-based traps.

Counterfeit Flappy Bird Android apps packing malware have been spotted all over the web, with sightings by both Trend Micro and Sophos, among others.

Trend warns that counterfeit copies of the mobile game send text messages to premium rate numbers, thereby ringing up unwanted charges to victims’ bills. Counterfeit versions of Flappy Bird are “especially rampant in app markets in Russia and Vietnam,” Trend Micro warns.

More malware can be expected to follow.

And that’s not the only risk of note. Supposed Flappy Bird downloads actually seek to entrap potential marks within survey scams, Malwarebytes warns.

Survey scams encourage users to disclose certain information by pretending to be consumer surveys. In reality, no matter how many questions a victim answers they never get any goodies. The end result is that scammers profit from affiliate revenues from unscrupulous marketing firms while victims are left at a higher risk of fraud.

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