We warned ages ago that Adobe’s plans for the future of Flash on mobile devices was short-lived so, hopefully, when the end came for downloads on Google Play just two weeks ago, you being an intelligent reader of LOA had had the good sense to have downloaded it already. Unlike the others…
Whilst Adobe’s decision to phase out Flash came as no surprise given that the Big A had announced it was going to do just that absolutely ages ago, it seems some still failed to heed the warning and, following the removal of the download option, turned to other (idiotic) means to get Flash on their phones and may now find themselves riddled with malware.
Mostly coming from third party Russian app stores, the rogue app is apparently not malicious in itself but, according to the security researchers at GFI, this hacked Flash is open to future permissions updates that owners may not find out about until it’s too late.
Okay, so there’s no immediate threat to your personal info and, as a result, your personal finances from this ‘funny’ Flash, and we don’t wish to tar every Russian app store offering dodgy software with the same brush, but… well, if you have been foolish enough go beyond Google for all your app needs, it’ll be only so long before Comrade Crafty comes creeping for your cash, won’t it?