Hackers replace Sony’s backup app on Google Play

Gigaom

Be very careful if you’re updating apps on your Sony Xperia smartphone this week. It looks like as if an app called Sony Backup & Restore has been compromised by a group calling itself the “HeArT HaCkEr Group.”

Sony compromised app 11-24-14

Sony’s Backup & Restore tool is a pretty straightforward app. It can back up device settings and data to a MicroSD card. It’s pre-installed on a lot of Sony phones, including the new Xperia Z3. But the version currently on Google Play says it’s managed by “Nirak Patel Kanudo” and its current reviews are terrible. The app description also includes several typos.

The issue was first spotted on the Xperia support forums early on Monday morning. Apparently, the hacker group (or Nirav Patel) published its app (with a different icon) on the Play Store and gave it the same internal signature name as the official Sony version. That means that phones…

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