It’s just been a few weeks since Instagram was launched for Android platform, and reports are now coming out of the blue about a fake Instagram App for Android (which actually is a malware) spreading through various unofficial app stores. The app was discovered by a web security provider known as Sophos, which then named this malware as “Andr/Boxer-F”. Once installed onto your device, the malicious application begins sending premium rate international SMS messages to your contacts in the background without your knowledge – thus helping its creators earn money. All the infected victims would be shocked when they would discover their exponentially large bill.
The application pretends to be a fully-functional version of Instagram but doesn’t always connect to the photo-sharing service’s network. This is not just an ordinary malware as it affects you as well as the people you know. The app abnormally messes the photos viewed through it. This is, therefore, an easy way to find out whether your device is infected with this malware.
Graham Cluley, a technology consultant at Sophos, said:
“Maybe the reason why his picture is included multiple times is to change the fingerprint of the .APK in the hope that rudimentary anti-virus scanners might be fooled into not recognizing the malicious package.”
Instagram has been a trending topic for the past few weeks. First, the company announced its acquisition by Facebook, and then it revealed an app for Android users, which got downloaded more than 5 million times within the span of just six days.
This is the second time in two weeks that Sophos has found malicious application for Android, as last week it found a fake Angry Birds Space (third sequel of the popular game-turned-franchise Angry Birds released last month) app for Android. Angry Birds Space has already been downloaded millions of times, and Android users are urged to be vigilant towards any suspicious, unofficial download sources.
The best way to protect yourself and avoid malware is to always download the apps from the official Google Play Store.