Trojan Uncovered In an Innocuous Snake Game for Android
By on August 17th, 2010

One of the biggest attractions of Android is its open Market, which houses a wide range of apps that can be used for anything from listening to music to overclocking the processor. However, as mentioned earlier, Android’s biggest strength might also turn out to be its biggest weakness. The open Market means that it’s a lot simpler for malware developers to target Android handsets than the highly locked down iPhone.

Android-Snake-Tap

F-Secure is now reporting that Tap Snake – a popular Snake game for Android, is actually a client for a spying app. During installation, this game requests full network access as well as access to your GPS sensor. Once installed, it runs in the background and secretly reports your location every 15 minutes.

Fortunately for users, the game itself is simply acts as a client or s front-end. In order for the actual spying to occur, the handset must also have a paid application called GPS SPY. Moreover, GPS SPY must be registered to the same email address as TapSnake. This obviously makes it much harder to actually spy on any user, since physical access to the device or extreme gullibility on behalf of the user is be required.

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