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80% of Flappy Bird clones on Android and iOS contain malware

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Jun
2014

As if the Flappy Bird phenomenon wasn’t infectious enough to begin with, the torrent of clones that followed the app’s release might be leading to an even bigger problem. USA Today shares the data from McAfee Labs’ latest Threat Report, which sampled over 300 of the Flappy Bird clones on the App Store and Google Play only to find that 238 or “almost 80% of them contained malware.” We’ve known about the propensity for these clones to contain malware for quite some time, but the scope of the issue wasn’t entirely clear. According to the Threat Report, the most common behavior from the infected apps include making calls without the user’s permission, send and receiving unwanted text messages, extracting contact data and tracking a user’s location. In

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