A Trojan program that can be used to send unauthorised messages has been discovered on multiple smartphones based on the Google Android platform.
Many users may already be suffering from infected mobiles after the malware became the first of its kind to affect the platform, according to antivirus vendor Kaspersky.
Kaspersky's Denis Maslennikov said: "The new malicious program penetrates smartphones running Android in the guise of a harmless media player application.
“As a result we can expect to see a corresponding rise in the amount of malware targeting that platform.”
The app is only 13KB in size and once it established itself on the device it will send text messages premium numbers to accumulate funds for the criminals behind its creation.
According to Mr Maslennikov, Kaspersky is developing an app that will offer Android users a dedicated means to protect their phones from infection. It hopes the app will be available early next year.
There has previously been an isolated case of Android-based spyware in 2009, but this new run of attacks suggests that cybercriminals are increasing their effort to target the booming platform.
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