Hackers have managed to clone the app for the collaboration between electronics giant Samsung and rapper Jay-Z. The app which was intended to promote the rapper's latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail and also provide exclusive content for the Samsung Galaxy range of mobile phones was released on June 24th. The music on the app was delivered to users on July 4th. Now Hackers have made a clone which, instead of unlocking the Jay-Z album which is due to be officially available tomorrow, delivers anti-Obama messages.
App found on third party sites
Many have speculated that the attack is in response to government surveillance programs which were revealed recently. The clone app is not available on the Google Play Store but is instead found on other third party Android sites. Security company McAfee discovered the fake app and reported that initially it seems to do what the original app does. This is until the phone is restarted upon which the app would download extra content which does things like change the wallpaper from the Magna Carta artwork to pictures of President Obama wearing headphones. Above this image is the phrase "Yes we scan", which seems to be a reference to the PRISM scanning program being used on social networks by the NSA in the United States. It is a play on the slogan Obama used in his campaign which was "Yes we can".
It seems as if the creators of the clone app did not have any malicious intent with the actual app but people from McAfee have not yet ruled out the possibility of some kind of malware existing on this app. To steer clear from this threat McAfee advised that Android users download apps from the official Google Play Store and also keep their anti-virus software up to date.
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