Android game secretly transmits GPS coordinates

In a post on their Connect blog, security specialist Symantec reports on a new trojan for Android that masquerades as a free Tap Snake game, while secretly transmitting GPS coordinates to a server in the background. These coordinates can then be retrieved and displayed in Google Maps via the GPS Spy Android app sold for €5 by the same vendor, Maxicom. According to Symantec, the Tap Snake process can’t easily be killed and continues to run in the background.

However, Tap Snake and GPS Spy must be linked by entering specific data. This makes it impossible to launch tracking attacks without the potential attacker – such as a jealous partner – briefly having physical access to the (unlocked) target Android device.

Read more at H-online

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