17 Aug, 2010
Another malicious application has been found from the Android Marketplace. A game called Tapsnake isn’t just a game, it turns out to be a client for a commercial spying application called GPS SPY.
The Tapsnake game looks like an average “Snake” clone. However, there are two hidden features. First, the game won’t exit. Once installed, it runs in the background forever, and restarts automatically when you boot the phone. And secondly, every 15 minutes the game secretly reports the GPS location of the phone to a server.
GPS SPY is simple mobile spying tool and costs $4.99. When bought, the applications advices you to download and install the “Tapsnake game” to the phone you want to spy on. During installation, the game is registered with a keycode to enable spying. This means that the spy has to have physical access to the phone he wants to spy on.
In many ways, GPS SPY / Tapsnake can be seen as a little brother of mobile spying tools like Flexispy. GPS SPY is developed by a Russian developer based in Texas, Mr. Max Lifshin (“Maxicom”).