Oct 13 AT 1:47 PM Edgar Cervantes 12 Comments

Alert: Fake Netflix app stealing people’s data – but what for?


While it is one of the most popular apps on the Android platform, the Netflix app hasn’t been available for every device out there. It wasn’t until last month that Netflix expanded its support to all devices above Android 2.2 (Froyo), but the app is still having issues with many smartphones (even if “supported”).

People have resorted to downloading the .apk file and manually installing it on their devices. But this procedure may not be so safe anymore. Users trying to do this will need to be careful. There’s now a fake app out there (Trojan) that’s stealing people’s information. This application looks almost identical to the original Netflix app, but there is a way to tell the difference.

Upon opening the application, both Netflix apps will prompt the user to enter his/her username and password. This screen will look different; the fake one will not have any writing at the bottom, while the legit version will have links to sign up and to retrieve forgotten passwords.

If you enter your username and password, the information will be redirected to a central server. But it does seem this app is rather worthless, since hackers can’t really do much with the information collected. Critical information is not displayed, and credit card info only shows the last 4 digits of the card number. Unless these guys are planning to watch a lot of movies, there’s not much they can get out of this.

A more plausible danger could occur if the malignant parties tried to use your information to log into other services. Many users tend to use the same usernames and passwords for multiple sites. This could be a threat if your login details fall into the wrong hands.

The guys at CNET entertain the idea that this could very well be a test app. Hackers might be planning to get some fake bank apps out there and are testing the waters with Netflix, since it’s such a popular application.

We can’t think of any other reasons why hackers would want our Netflix credentials. Be careful downloading the Netflix application from sources other than the Android Market, though. Has anyone stumbled upon the fake version of the Netflix app? What do you guys think these hackers want with this information?

Via: Phandroid

Source: CNET

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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    Well that freaking sucks! I wonder if lookout would delete it?

  • Angie Strickland

    They sure are lazy. How hard is it to center everything nicely, make the button width match the logo width, etc? I mean it’s good they suck at it, and it sucks that it’s close enough to where you wouldn’t pay it much attention if you didn’t have the original to compare it to, but just saying.

  • William

    I think they want people’s Netflix account information, because some people like to use the same email/username and password for every account, even PayPal, Netflix has a large userbase, so why not start there?

  • Dustin Earley

    I can’t have people knowing how much Numb3rs I watch.

  • Eric R.

    Just to be clear, this is only affecting the people who side-loaded the netflix app outside of the official Market.

    All of us who recieved the netflix app through the Google Market should be fine.

  • Joshua

    They could easily take the information and resell it to people who don’t want to pay monthly and just free access after that.

  • ReggieReynolds

    This is horrible that people are thing dirty and sly that they can do that!
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