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Phony version of Bad Piggies installs malware; 82,000 victims so far

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:38PM EST

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This could be a new low for malware developers: Using the unbridled goodness of Bad Piggies to spread ad-injecting software. Security firm Barracuda Networks has spotted a rogue version of Rovio’s latest game out in the wild that is offered as a free download but that also “installs a plug-in that displays additional advertisements in some popular websites” such as Yahoo (YHOO) and MSN that are viewed within the Chrome browser. The game is advertising itself as a free version of Bad Piggies under the moniker of “Angry Birds Bad Piggies,” so the lesson here seems to be that it’s worth forking over $1 to buy games from the safety of app stores if you don’t want your computer to get infected.

[Via PocketGamer]


Brad Reed
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Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.