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WAP Billing Trojans Threaten Android Users

August 25, 2017

Several of the pieces of malware targeting Android devices in the second quarter of 2017 abused WAP billing to help cybercriminals make money, Kaspersky reported on Thursday.

Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) billing provides a mechanism for users to acquire content online and have it charged directly to their mobile phone bill so that they don’t have to provide any payment card information. The method is similar to premium SMS services, but it does not involve sending SMS messages and instead users have to click on a button displayed on a website to approve charges.

Android malware abusing WAP billing was spotted in the past years, including on Google Play, and it now appears to be making a comeback.

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