This is another good reason why we should not try to circumvent the official App Stores. The very popular game from Rovio – Angry Birds Space (I play it everyday…is neat and fun..!!) has been infected with Malware which makes your phone part of a botnet.
According to Sophos Security, which found the malware on the said game from an unofficial App Store,
The Trojan horse, which Sophos detects as Andr/KongFu-L, appears to be a fully-functional version of the popular smartphone game, but uses the GingerBreak exploit to gain root access to the device, and install malicious code.
The Trojan communicates with a remote website in an attempt to download and install further malware onto the compromised Android smartphone.
Interestingly, the malware hides its payload – in the form of two malicious ELF files – at the end of a JPG image file.
With the malware in place, cybercriminals can now send compromised Android devices instructions to download further code or push URLs to be displayed in the smartphone’s browser.
Effectively, your Android phone is now part of a botnet, under the control of malicious hackers.
The game downloaded from Google Play is safe as Google takes stringent measures to constantly monitor apps and game for suspicious behavior.
One more thing, If you like a game or an app – Buy it. The developers struggle hard to create games and apps that people like. They deserve your support to be in business.