New Android Trojans Go After SMS Messages

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Security researchers have come across a new Android Trojan that sends Short Message Service communications to prime-rate numbers. This comes shortly after reports emerged that the Zeus gang has come up with an Android version of their banking malware.

Known as HippoSMS, the latest Trojan is sophisticated enough to automatically send SMS communications to expensive phone numbers and to prevent the carriers from notifying users of the charges incurred, researchers at North Carolina State University discovered July 10. The researchers came across HippoSMS in alternative Android markets in China. There have been no reports as of yet of this Trojan appearing in Google's official Android Market.