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?