Some third-party Android app stores have been found to contain apps that claim to be Flappy Bird. Some of these fake Flappy Bird apps require users to send a text message to their creators, opening smartphone users to identity theft. Others have malware embedded in the apps, putting mobile devices at risk, CNET notes.
The tainted fake Flappy Bird apps were identified by online security firms Sophos and Trend Micro. Mobile device users are urged not to download any app bearing the Flappy Bird name.
Flappy Bird’s creator withdrew the popular game from Apple’s (AAPL) App Store and Google’s Play store on Sunday. The game had become incredibly popular, but its creator claimed that Flappy Bird was ruining his life.