back to article Earn £8,000 a MONTH with bogus apps from Russian malware factories

Just 10 professionally run malware-making workshops in Russia are responsible for 30 per cent of the Trojans, spyware and other nasties infecting smartphones globally. That's according to a study by mobile security outfit Lookout. These underground crime labs churn out DIY kits ideal for scriptkiddies looking to make a fast …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Same old story

    Use a shady looking 3rd party app store.

    Install app asking for excessive permissions.

    Get burned.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Same old story

      "These affiliates customise their copy of the malware to make it look like the latest Angry Birds or Skype utility, for example. Then they use social networks, such as Twitter, to draw people into downloading the booby-trapped software."

      Agreed totally.

      But, these people truely deserve to get burned. And burned badly!

      No one in their right mind would think it acceptable to drive a car without learning how to drive, yet they use tech without any knowledge or even the nouse to go look for information.

      Serves them right. The stupid need to stick to Apple products. Their fisher price OS is perfect for the thoughtless.

    2. BillG

      Re: Same old story

      You forgot the last paragraph:

      "We are not going to tell you which apps we found to be infected! So, be afraid! And install our Lookout app today! Make sure you grant Lookout all the permissions it wants! And when it comes to permissions, Lookout is as greedy as a stripper on crack! So install Lookout today!"

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Makes you want to go out, buy an Android phone and join the party.

  2. RobHib

    Wrong buisness.

    Seems most of us are in the wrong business.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What's going on?

    More Android malware FUD, but no reporting of the critical Apple malware crisis where it's trivial to hide malware in App store apps that can do untold nastiness????

    Quite clearly the iOS sandbox is actually made of sand.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    You pays yer money, yer takes yer chances...

  5. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    All that intelligence, all that effort

    And all that for illegal easy money.

    Ah, the dark side is indeed powerful.

    I wonder what all those minds could accomplish if they attempted to tackle a problem that could actually be useful to society ?

    But enough daydreaming, that'll never happen.

  6. ian 22

    Code like a pirate!

    Arrr, tovarisch!

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