(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) –An Android-based Trojan virus has been embedded into a pirated copy of an app for top rapper Jay-Z, a report from anti-virus firm McAfee signaled Monday.
The U.S. hip hop superstar recently released his latest album titled “Magna Carter Holy Grail.”
Just last month, Jay-Z announced a deal with Samsung to exclusively provide GALAXY users with first access to the album.
“On the surface, the malware app functions identically to the legit app. But in the in the background, the malware sends info about the infected device to an external server every time the phone restarts. The malware then attempts to download and install additional packages,” explained McAfee’s Irfan Asrar via a blog post.
Meanwhile, the virus was set to replace users’ phone backgrounds using an automatic trigger with an image of U.S. President Barack Obama that reads “Yes We Scan.”
“Based on the political message and 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,” stated McAfee.
Mobile malware has been on the rise within the past year. According to a report from Inside Mobile Apps, a Juniper Networks report showed that it had risen by a staggering 614% between March 2012 and March 2013.