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French hacker steals over $600,000 using fake Android apps

Only 20 years old and operating in his parents basement, the French hacker stole over $600,000 from over 17,000 users since 2011. His method of choice was mimicking popular paid Android apps, but he advertised his as free. Once the users installed the seemingly free version, the devices would then send text messages to premium-rate number he previously setup. The fake apps setup also had the ability to send home passwords to social networking and gambling passwords, ouch!

Authorities report the kid is fairly smart, and had no former training in the field. The kid reported said all he wanted to be is a software developer. Well then, he sure does have the smarts, still missing are the ethics.

People, please be mindful of what you download on Android Play Store, it is still the Wild Wild West!