Suspected trojan found in Apple App Store

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Creator says it's in 'beta-testing'.

The first trojan has been found on the Apple App Store, according to researchers.

The 'Find and Call' app, also on Android's app repository, uploads a user's phonebook and GPS coordinates to a remote server and sends spam SMS messages with a URL to contacts.  

Users were asked to register their email address and mobile phone number with the app and to "find friends in a phone book".

Kaspersky researcher Denis Maslennikov said the spam SMS messages contained the victims' phone number in the ‘from' field which would appear as a trusted source.

The App's creator told AppleInsider.ru that the system was in beta-testing.

"In result of failure of one of the components there is a spontaneous sending of inviting SMS messages. This bug is in process of fixing. SMS are sent by the system, that is why it won't affect your mobile account.”

Apple and Google both pulled the app from their respective marketplaces.

Sophos director of technology strategy James Lyne said it was not the most insidious payload.

“There are other apps with superior techniques, some by accident and some intentional, but this does show that things are possible and we should not rest on our laurels about smartphone security," he said.

"However the application checking process needs to be more transparent."

This article originally appeared at scmagazineuk.com

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