Friday, December 16, 2011

Microsoft To Give Away Windows Mobile Phones To Android RuFraud Malware Recipients

Microsoft is trying to capitalize on Android users who may have been victims of malware on their handsets. It seems has though that our friends in Redmond are being a little juvenile about this delicate matter. They are going to give away 5 phones to those who have the worst malware horror stories. They even went as far to announce this contest on Twitter, on it’s official page none the less, by using the hashtag #droidrage.    

This of course isn’t the first time that Microsoft has given away free phones to try to entice users over to the Windows Mobile platform. I for one used Windows mobile for years, but after owning an Android phone, won’t go back. Microsoft could give me 500 phones, and I would turn them down.

This of course has to do with the 22 apps that Google had to recently remove from the Android market. These apps were labeled with the malware RuFraud. These apps were on the market posing as popular games, such as Angry Birds and Cut the Rope. The apps were packaged with malware that would send fake messages to premium SMS numbers, costing the user $5 a text.

The RuFraud malware only affected European users. It did not make it to North America. It seems as though that over 3,200 people shared their story on Twitter. Stay tuned to see who the winners of the contest were.

   

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