A new Android malware attack which poses as Adobe's Flash Player has been spotted by software researchers.
Security firm GFI Labs said that malware writers have repackaged a copy of an SMS-dialling Trojan and disguised it as an installer for the Adobe software. The malware has been circulating on both Russian and English-language unauthorised Android software marketplaces.
Attacks have not been spotted on the Google Play service.
According to researchers, the malware not only contains components that cause handsets to dial premium SMS numbers, but also adware tools that perform acts such as changing user home pages, triggering pop-up ads and sending a user's contact information to third parties.
While the method of deceiving users is new, GFI Labs research and communications analyst Jovi Umawing said in a company blog post that the malware itself was fairly common.
"It's no surprise to see that Russian scammers have, indeed, set up websites to lure users into downloading a fake Flash Player onto their Android devices," Umawing wrote.
"The Labs has been documenting such behavior from SMS scammers for quite some time now."
The company is advising users to avoid the attack by downloading Flash Player directly from the Google Play service.
The attacks come as Adobe has begun the final phase in its plan to pull Flash Player from the Android platform. The company recently announced that it would be ending development on the Android player and would not be offering support for the application on all handsets running Android 4.0 or later.
The report is the latest in what has been a rough week for Flash on the security front. Earlier this week, malware writers used phony iPhone 5 reports to target a Flash ActiveX vulnerability. Shortly after, Adobe issued a security update to address multiple security flaws on all versions of the Flash Player software.
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