Fake Netflix Android app discovered

When it comes to its streaming video service, Netflix can be access by any number of devices and software programs. That includes the official Netflix app for Android-based smartphones. But it looks like a person has now created a malicious Android app that's made to look much like the real one. The PC security software company Symantec has sent out an alert to this fake app which it calls Android.Fakeneflic.

As you can see in the picture above, the user interface for Android.Fakeneflic closely resembles the real Netflix Android program and could easily be downloaded and installed by an unsuspecting Android smartphone user. Symantec's alert says, "The malicious app is not too difficult to understand. Despite the fact that there are multiple permissions being requested at the time of installation – identical to the permissions required by the actual app – our analysis shows that this is, in fact, a red herring, probably used to add to the illusion that the end user is dealing with the genuine article."

The goal of Android.Fakeneflic is apparently to record the Netflix user name and password of the affected Netflix subscriber and send that information to a remote server, although Symantec's alert claims that server doesn't appear to be online at the moment. It adds, "Once a user has clicked on the 'Sign in' button, they are presented with a screen indicating incompatibility with the current hardware and a recommendation to install another version of the app in order to resolve the issue. There is no attempt to automatically download the recommended solution." The alert doesn't say if the fake Netflix app is available on the Android Marketplace or if it is found on a third party app store.

Image via Symatec

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Yay for "open"!!! -_-

As an Android developer, I'd actually pay Google a few bucks to mark my app as "verified" so that they know it's not just some crap floating around the Market.

dagamer34 said,
Yay for "open"!!! -_-

As an Android developer, I'd actually pay Google a few bucks to mark my app as "verified" so that they know it's not just some crap floating around the Market.

YAY for not reading -_-

It doesn't say its on the Android Market, you download from an unknown source and you deserve what you get.

CDav said,
Is it just me who thinks the fake app looks more polished than the real one?

Yes, the fake one is completely offset and looks weird.

SuperKid said,

Yes, the fake one is completely offset and looks weird.

Reading skills. He said the fake one looked more "polished". As in better.

nekkidtruth said,

Reading skills. He said the fake one looked more "polished". As in better.

Look at your own reading skills.

The guy in the main post asked a question and the person you quoted answered it..

"Is it just me <....> ?"

"Yes,"

Tut

Won't install without setting the phone to install stuff from unknown sources. I'm sure us users who have allowed this option in our phones know what we are doing.

Nashy said,
Won't install without setting the phone to install stuff from unknown sources. I'm sure us users who have allowed this option in our phones know what we are doing.
Becuase everyone on Android is a tech user like you..

Xerax said,
Becuase everyone on Android is a tech user like you..

If one is not an Android "tech" user, one wouldn't know about the setting to allow installing unknown sources, would one? That setting is disabled by default, if I remember correctly.
If you try to install from outside the Android Market or your carrier's market (if one's offered), you're prompted.

Regression_88 said,

If one is not an Android "tech" user, one wouldn't know about the setting to allow installing unknown sources, would one?


The could be a user of the Amazon Appstore, last time I checked you have to allow installs from unknown sources for it to be able to install apps... As such they could have that enabled without understanding it...

techbeck said,
Not in the Android Market...so no worries. '

If anyone installs it, user stupidity.

Or he is living outside the US and want to access Netflix by some kind of VPN, like I do - just to find that the app is not avaiable. So you use Market Enabler (not everyone knows about this app) or download the app any way you can.