Don’t want your SMSs stolen? Don’t download these Android apps

July 27, 2017  By Bill Brenner



It’s normal for Android apps to download plugins. The main application might just be a “view folder” while plugins provide much of the functionality. It’s not so normal when one of those plugins tries to steal your SMS messages.


SophosLabs has discovered two apps on Google Play with plugins that do just that. Both are from a developer named New.App. The apps have been on Google Play since May and have attracted between 100,000 and 500,000 downloads so far. Labs has detected the threat as Andr/SpyAgnt-X.


One app is billed as an app store shortcut feature, while the other is for “Skin Care Magazine”.


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