Warning: Fake Flappy Bird Apps May Contain Malware

The real version of the popular app was pulled on Sunday

By Christopher Freeburn, InvestorPlace Writer


flappy-birdThe mobile game Flappy Bird may be gone, but unwary users of devices running Google’s (GOOG) Android operating system may end up duped by fake versions of the game.

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.

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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.

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