Dog Wars, the controversial dog fighting app for Android smartphones, has been the victim of pro-PETA hackers, according to Symantec. The security firm have discovered an older version of the app, modified to include a Trojan horse virus, which signs US users up to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) alert service.
Just to underline the shame of downloading Dog Wars, the app also sends a text message to everyone in the Android owner’s contact list that says, ”I take pleasure in hurting small animals, just thought you should know that.”
Writing on the Symantec company blog, Irfan Asrar commented, “We have no reason to believe that PETA had anything to do with this app, and that it is most likely the work of someone attempting to associate the app with PETA,” he writes.
When CNET tracked down a PETA representative for their thoughts on the Trojanised app, they wrote, “We don’t know who created this version of the app, but we think it is ingenious. When someone creates a game that glorifies animal abuse, you can bet that people will come up with clever, smart ways to take action against it.”
Symantec have named the malware Android.Dogowar and explained Andorid Market users are protected from the threat since it can only be accessed on “warez” sites, where pirated software is exchanged for free.
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