Android users spammed with fake Amazon gift card offers
New malware spreading across Android devices via text messages promises free Amazon gift cards but delivers only spam to everyone on the device’s contact list.
The “Gazon” threat, as it is called by IT security firm AdaptiveMobile, has already infected more than 4,000 Android phones in North America, making it the single largest text-based mobile malware attack against Android to date, according to the company. Gazon has also been seen on devices outside North America.
Gazon has thus far spewed out more than 200,000 unsolicited SMS messages, luring some to click on a link promising free Amazon gift cards, an action that causes more messages to be sent out.