17 August 2011

Older version of ‘Dog Wars’ hacked: Sends interesting text message to contacts

If you happen to be tooling around warez sites in search of Android apps, you might want to avoid downloading an old version of the controversial KG Dogfighting game found under its former name “Dog Wars.” Well unless you support dog fighting, in that case feel free.

Internet security software maker Symantec discovered a “Dog Wars” version making its rounds on warez sites—not found on the actual Android Market— that contains a Trojan code that will wreak havoc on the unsuspecting downloader’s social life.

The Trojan version, that features an app icon that reads PETA instead of BETA, will cause a compromised device to launch a service called “Rabies” that in turn sends a text to everyone listed on the phone’s contact list with a message that reads “I take pleasure in hurting small animals, just thought you should know that.”

Oops there goes that hot date with the dog-loving girl next door.

But the fun doesn’t stop there.

The Trojan then sends a subscribe message to an alert service operated by PETA. Surprise, surprise.

Although the person or persons responsible for this Trojan seem to associate themselves with PETA, Symantec believes there is no connection between the hackers and the always entertaining animal rights group.

“We have no reason to believe that PETA had anything to do with this app, and that it is most likely the work of someone attempting to associate the app with PETA or to gain sympathy by the association.”

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Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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