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Fake Bad Piggies

By January 24, 2013

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Fake Bad Piggies

Bad Piggies, the spinoff puzzle game to the insanely popular Angry Birds, was released on September 27. The game runs on Apple's iOS, Android, Windows, and Apple Mac. It is yet to be released for Google Chrome, and spammers have taken advantage of this opportunity.

Malware developers have created a Google Chrome fake version of Bad Piggies. Although the game looks like the official game, it is unplayable. According to the Chrome Web store, the fake game has been downloaded more than 8,000 times.

Spammers have used Google Chrome to distribute malware in the past. Fake Chrome applications have the capability of collecting data from user web sessions and can install plugins to monitor websites visited. As of the beginning of October, over 80,000 Chrome users have installed infected Chrome applications.

Security experts blame Google's process for confirming the legitimacy of an application. Google does not provide full security on the Chrome Web store for its users, and consequently, you must be cautious of what apps you download and install.  If an app requests far too many permissions compared to their counterparts, you are better off not installing it.

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Comments
February 5, 2013 at 9:12 pm
(1) LM says:

To expect an end user to evaluate the permissions of an application like this as the primary defense is shameful (and given we are talking about Google, the king of information collection) virtually impossible.

While TANSTAAFL is generally the rule, you expect a provider as sophisticated as Google (Web store) to at least make sure that the stuff available from their site actually works AND is not malicious in any way, both of which this product fails miserably.

What’s next, your own Google Chrome custom phishing add in that analyzes your surfing patterns and gives you customized scams based on your usage habits?

Firefox calls itself “the king of privacy” and while that claim may be overblown, I have never seen a wider collection of security & privacy protection products (which are free and working) from any other browser provider, which makes them the hands on favorite for best product as far as I am concerned.

Hopefully Chrome users will learn from this little fiasco and go back to what works instead of the browser flavor of the month club.

February 6, 2013 at 9:35 pm
(2) antivirus says:

Hi LM,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Unless you have high security awareness, you really can’t expect people to evaluate and inspect an application for security flaws (as you stated above). I have attempted to educate my family and friends about the risks of downloading apps from unknown sources, but every now and then I still get phone calls from them asking me to help them “fix” their computer.

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