Fake antivirus programs have been flooding the Mobile App Stores since long. Two such fake apps were found imitating the original programs of Kaspersky Lab in two of the official app stores.
The first fake app for Kaspersky Lab was discovered on Windows Phone Store. And this came as a big surprise because it has been a trend for long as scammers have been targeting the Android platform via Google Play. The fake app was available with the name of Kaspersky Mobile on Windows Phone Store. What’s more interesting is that no such program can be found listed in Kaspersky Lab’s product line; and this made the fraudsters release the app without worrying about anyone to notice the discrepancy. Moreover, another shocking fact about this fake app was that users had to pay for it, which means the developer will be able to immediately start making money without devising additional scams like demanding payments to remove “malware” that could be detected on user’s system.
Another fake app called as Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014 was found listed on Google Play. Again, Kaspersky Lab doesn’t mention any such program for mobile devices. The fraudsters posted the official screenshot captured from official page of Kaspersky Internet Security for Android. And unlike the Kaspersky Mobile found on Windows Phone Store, the developers for Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014 didn’t even care to add a simulation of a scanner. Moreover, the functionality was limited to series of statements that found on top of an “official” logo.
Roman Unuchek, Senior Malware Analyst at Kaspersky Lab said that “The story of paid fake AV for mobiles started with the appearance of Virus Shield in the Google Play store. Now we are seeing how one successful scam spawns numerous clones. Scammers who want to make a quick buck from inattentive users are selling dozens of fake apps, copying the design, but not the functionality of the original.”
“It is quite possible that more and more of these fake apps will start appearing. One thing is for sure, the security mechanisms put in place by the official stores cannot cope with these kinds of scams.”
More update on fake mobile antivirus apps and other fake programs can be found at Kaspersky Lab’s official analytical site.