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Flappy Bird clones Spreading the Malicious Malware

Please have a double check before installing the popular mobile game "Flappy Bird, some clone games are being spreading the malicious malware on unofficial app markets.

Flappy Bird's story is strange, perhaps even controversial. After languishing in Apple's App Store for several months, with few downloads and fewer reviews. 

it suddenly shot up the charts, clocking thousands of reviews and millions of downloads per day in January 2014, becoming the top free app in the US app store along the way.

Security vendor Sophos said one of its researchers discovered infected versions of the game in so-called alternative Android app markets.

The infected version looks like the real thing on the surface, with the same name and icon. But if we dig into the permissions of the original app, and compare them to the imposter, you'll quickly see what's changed

Just six days ago, the game's creator was profiled by a US media outlet under the headline "Indie smash hit 'Flappy Bird' racks up $50K per day in ad revenue."

The creator of Flappy Bird, Dong Nguyen, said that he removed the game before it was “an addictive product,” and now the app only exists on phones that downloaded Flappy Bird before Monday.

Like any in-demand and addictive product suddenly made difficult to acquire, a Flappy Bird black market has sprouted. New iOS and Androud devices with Flappy Bird installed are selling on eBay for as much as $100,000.

Sophos recommends Android users to avoid getting apps from alternative Android stores. Also, Android phones have a default setting to not allow "off-market" apps. Leaving this option alone will protect devices from Flappy Bird malware. 

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