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Android users warned of fake app store malware risk

May 15, 2012, 02:00 (0 Talkback[s])

Malware authors are setting up alternative app marketplaces to defraud unwitting Android phone users, according to anti-virus software vendor AVAST.

The firm’s research team uncovered the scam, which tricks Android phone users into downloading apps that are used to send out premium rate SMS messages.

This is nothing new in the Android world as bad guys have been doing this in various ways for several months.

In an AVAST blog post, the firm identified four sites, including,, and, it claims have been deliberately set up by cyber criminals to defraud Android users.

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