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Jay Z album app gets the exploit treatment

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Thu Jul 04 2013, 13:15
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RAPPER AND BUSINESSMAN Jay Z is being exploited by hackers who have created a malicious app in his name.

The app looks to piggyback on a new album from the rapper, and might have some political agenda.

It is capitalising on the fact that Jay Z released his album early to Samsung phone users. That album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, sounds far removed from Big Pimping and Girls, Girls, Girls, but we have yet to listen to it.

Someone who is all up on the Jay Z business is security software vendor McAfee, which notified the world of the suspect package.

"McAfee Mobile Security has identified a new Android Trojan embedded in a pirated copy of an exclusive app from rapper Jay Z. We suspect the malware author is attempting to go after the demand for the app Magna Carta Holy Grail on pirated sites. The legitimate app has been released exclusively for Samsung devices on Google Play," said a blog post from the firm.

"The fact that it was embedded in an app that coincides with the release of Jay Z's latest album, we suspect the Trojan was recently introduced into the wild."

The app seems to have a hacktivist agenda, perhaps something to do with PRISM opposition, according to the blog, and is set to do something today, on US Independence Day.

"The only visible indication that a user is infected comes via a time-based trigger that is set to activate on July 4, Independence Day in the United States. On that day, the malware will replace the wallpaper on the infected device," it added.

"The image and the service name NSAListener suggest a hacktivist agenda, but we haven't ruled out the possibility that additional malware may target financial transactions or other data." µ


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