There’s a fake Angry Birds Space app in the Android Market that infests your phone with malware.
According to Sophos, a digital security firm, the malware hides its “payload” deep inside two JPEG files. Once installed, it downloads additional malware to your phone, and enlists your phone as part of a botnet. From there, your phone can be used as muscle for any number of hacker ops.
The easy way to avoid getting nailed by fake app malware is to always be sure to check the developer on any app you download. If you’ve already downloaded Angry Birds Space, take a second to make sure that you’ve got the right one and if not, consider securely wiping your phone once you’ve backed up important data.