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First Ever Android SMS Trojan Aims At US Users

May 02, 2014 10:58 AM EDT

The  First Ever Android SMS Trojan Is Being Aimed At U.S. Users. According to researchers at Kaspersky Lab, they had never seen an Android SMS Trojan targeting users in the United States. That has now changed states the company with the emergence of an Android Trojan known as ‘Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakeInst.ef’ (FakeInst).

The geographical distribution of Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakeInst.ef infections

Kaspersky Lab Expert Roman Unuchek explained that he has never really understood why SMS Trojans failed to take off in the U.S. Roman Unuchek describes in a recent article that FakeInst was detected by Kaspersky Lab back in February 2013; since then, 14 various versions of it have emerged. The earlier versions were only capable of sending messages to premium-rate numbers in Russia. But by mid-2013 other countries appeared on the “support list.” Another Trojan, Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.FakeInst.ef, targets users in 66 countries, including the U.S.. This is the first case the researchers have found involving an active SMS Trojan in the United States.

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