Kaspersky Lab: virus stealing money spreads via "VKontakte" social network

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Podec can send messages to short numbers, confirm payments, and subscribe a victim to paid services

The Russian social network "VKontakte" spreads a Trojan virus named Podec which is used by hackers to steal money from the owners of gadgets running Android OS.

This was reported by "Kaspersky Lab".

"The study found that the main source spreading Trojan is the social network "VKontakte".

The new virus is notable for its features: it can send messages to short numbers, confirm payments, and subscribe a victim to paid services, bypassing the CAPTCHA, which is designed to distinguish a real user from a bot (a program that automatically performs operations on computer instead of people)," says the statement of "Kaspersky Lab".

According to preliminary estimates, the number of users infected by the Podec virus is about 4.6 thousand people from Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

The virus is spread via "VKontakte" groups which offer Android users to download cracked versions of popular applications. "Together with a program the victim gets an installation package of Trojan," warns the "Kaspersky Lab".

On starting Podec requests for administrator rights so that the program can`t be removed by the user or anti-virus software.

Once the rights are obtained, the malware can begin a DDoS-attack or subscribe the owner of the gadget to paid services. The virus bypasses the computer-based test determining whether the user is a person or a bot, using image-to-text manual recognition service Antigate.com.

Text and pictures by TASS