Dubious Developers Cash In On Candy Crush

by Carol~ Moderator - 3/20/13 1:30 PM

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From the Trendlabs Security Intelligence Blog:

As expected, shady developers are now taking advantage of Candy Crush, one of the hottest gaming apps in both social networks and Android.

Recently, Candy Crush grabbed the top spot from FarmVille 2 as the most popular gaming app on Facebook. This boost in popularity, however, has its perils. In particular, Candy Crush's popularity made it the perfect target for dubious developers and cybercriminals who want to lure and profit from fans of the game - similar to what happened with other popular mobile apps and games like Instagram, Bad Piggies, and Temple Run in the past.

In a development that surprised no one, we discovered fake Candy Crush apps online, proving that cybercriminals are indeed hoping to capitalize on the game's current trending status. These apps contain code for the Leadbolt and Airpush ad networks; apps containing said code were some of the most prevalent found last year. (We detect these as ANDROIDOS_LEADBLT.HRY and ANDROIDOS_AIRPUSH.HRXV.) [Screenshot]

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