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Story of the Year: Fake “Walk and Text” App Reminds You that Piracy is Bad

There is an app in the Android Market called Walk and Text, which allows you to use your camera to see in front of you while texting so that you don’t say, walk right into something.  The app runs about $1.54 if you’d like to purchase it, but for the cheap ones in the crowd, I’d suggest that you avoid running out to your favorite shady pirated app site to grab it.  Why exactly?  Well because someone (possibly, but not likely affiliated) took it upon themselves to set you up in one of the most hilarious fashions I’ve seen in a long time.  

A fake version of Walk and Text has been sent out to a variety of illegal apps sites looking exactly like the original you’ll find in the actual market.  That is until you open it of course.  Upon launching the app for the first time, it acts a lot like one normally would with a “processing” screen, except that processing screen is just a placeholder while the app accesses your name, phone number, IMEI information, etc.  and sends it out to an external server.  That’s not all though!

During this stage, it also accesses your entire contact list, sending out texts to each person with the note you are seeing above and on the left:

Hey,just downloaded a pirated App off the Internet, Walkd and Text for Android. Im stupid and cheap,it costed only 1 buck.Don’t steal like I did!

Once it finishes that piece of the fun, the app then prompts you with the screen you are seeing on the right:

Application Not Licensed

We really hope you learned something from this. Check your phone bill;) Oh and dont forget to buy the App from the Market

Classic.  You should all be sitting at your desks giving the creators of this a round of applause.  Piracy is bad, ya’ll.  Show a dev some love today.

Via:  Symantec

Cheers Mike and everyone else!

  • Kg5521

    I would give this Dev a kick in the ass instead of a pat on the back. Stupid app anyways.

  • Ben

    That’s awesome, android devs are great

  • Nxus1one

    The malware app is certainly not illegal. You agree to all the permissions when you install it. If you just blindly install anything without doing some research, well, you’re a moron.

  • i have unlimited texting for only $4.99 on my vzn bill, so it wouldn’t really bother me much. but thats not the point, point is stealing is wrong but encourage. please correct me if my perception is wrong but if you root your phone and set it up for wifi hot spot, is it not stealing from Verizon? or any cell phone carrier/provider? given the fact that the cell phone provider offers a separate service for a charge…to use their data services…as a wifi hot spot, in addition to the data charge for the single phone? whether its morally right or wrong for verizon is not the point, but even this site encourages to root your droid and config to wifi

    http://www.droid-life.com/2010/04/05/how-to-wifi-tether-a-motorola-droid-to-an-ipad/

    READ ON!
    now, this is not an attack on droid-life. i am a serious huge fan. this site is where i go for my droid news, but, in a society where robin hood is the hero, it’s hard NOT to steal and not be bothered by it.

  • POLL: Which pirates got it worse: (A) Walk and Text Pirates or (B) Somalian Pirates?

  • Devious1e0

    i wonder if this app also signs you up for premium sms services and thats why it says to check your bill

  • Devious1e0

    i wonder if this app also signs you up for premium sms services and thats why it says to check your bill

  • RickyP

    Now how would this work with a company like amazon.come when they give you a free app they have been giving a free paid app a day since the amazon app store opened. Do you really think amazon paid $4.99 for everyone that downloaded sound hound yesterday

    Then there are other app markets where you pay a fee (like amazon and others) and can download what they and they pay the developer (or should be) this isn’t your fault but you could be labeled as a pirate even though you are paying for a service, now think of what could happen if this app got in to the market somehow.

  • Zzz

    Hey. Let’s root and steal tether service from vzw! That’s different tho. Lol.

  • Piracy isn’t cool, but neither is taking your info and spamming people who have no involvement.

  • Tturd

    It tons funnier that everone that visits this site has downloaded an illegal song. Yet here we cry foul over an app. Grow up. This is the world we live in. Also, no its not cool that this app stores your info and contacts people at will. Why do you need to check your bill also?

  • Anonymous

    this is 110% WIN with the message its trying 2 get across, & they did it in a funny way…..U TIP THE PIZZA/CHINESE FOOD GUY(i hope) FOR DOING THEIR JOB, BUT WONT SUPPORT A DEV 4 AN APP U WILL USE ALOT MORE THAN THAT LARGE PIE U ORDERED, PLUS A LOT MORE TIME/EFFORT WENT IN2 THAT APP……SUPPORT YOUR DEVS/DONT PIRATE

  • Anonymous

    This is just funny…

  • A2Aegis

    Well now, I feel like finding the real version of this app and promoting the piracy of it.

  • People get so worked up over nothing. If you sue the guy how much do you really think you’re going to get? As for “stealing” apps, that can go both ways. I mean an app that’s a dollar I would buy; but $14.99 I think I would do some .apk searching lol. I mean let’s be real who here hasn’t used p2p or isohunt. It’s the world we live in today.

  • Jawshua

    Absolutely! I applaud this this ploy a hundred percent! Especially since I have a game coming out thud year. I think I’ll follow suit with this plan :), good post!

  • Sprotthedestroyer

    Like

  • Anonymous

    Sharing =/= Stealing

  • Ryan C

    turn on airplane mode duh, jk. supporting is easier and helping the cause.

  • FWIW, Incorporate Apps (makers of Walk And Text) did make an official statement on the matter and said they are not affiliated with the pirate app and they do not condone what it does.

  • FWIW, Incorporate Apps (makers of Walk And Text) did make an official statement on the matter and said they are not affiliated with the pirate app and they do not condone what it does.

  • yo

    yes support devs..but…

  • yo

    yes support devs..but…

  • PSU_DI

    Why would anybody pay for this app… when they can just use the Road SMS apk that was pulled from the Galaxy S, it sounds exactly the same. http://www.droid-life.com/2010/07/26/download-road-sms-app-from-samsung-galaxy-s/

  • Anonymous

    Maybe the devs should make apps worth buying instead of the buy it and you’re stuck with it shit that’s all over the app market. Not that I would pirate droid crap because of the teenies already making them but if I did and so me douche did what this douche did, it would be a bad for someone other than me. Make better apps and your shit won’t get pirated.

  • I love Dev’s, I never want to steal from them. Hwever, I think this is unacceptable. I don’t think they should be allowed to steal my contact, slam them, as well as take my phones personal information and send it to God knows where. Someone should do something about this. But I guess you can do it your self… Don’t steal from the dev’s, you make us sad.

    • Anonymous

      So the best apps aren’t pirated? It’s also a friggen $1.54. Just buy it and not care or care and read a review before you buy. It’s really not complicated.

    • Anonymous

      So the best apps aren’t pirated? It’s also a friggen $1.54. Just buy it and not care or care and read a review before you buy. It’s really not complicated.

  • Ralph Trentacosta

    In order for this app, the real one, to work anyway, would you need to hold your phone up to walk and text. Im not sure about anyone else, but I typically have the phone pointed down when I walk and text

  • Rizzidy

    Why the hell is Kellex supporting this malicious software? This is malware and you think it is a good thing? Crap like this gives Android a bad name.

    Shame on you Kellex.

    • Anonymous

      i dont see this as malicious software…the only people it would be malicious to are the people that are doing something illegal anyways…so get over it

      • Rizzidy

        So you would support the murder of a child who stole a loaf of bread? After all, the child was doing something illegal anyways…so get over it.

        Idiot.

        • yo

          Murder of a child? Wow hyperbolic much?

          I think the point is that just because something is malware doesn’t make it bad. If an app disabled Lybian warplanes from killing civilians is it malware? Yes. Is it bad? No.

          Kellex’s point is that this app does more good than harm. This app only affects those who pirate, the affect to android’s name will be minimal compared to the embarassment (and that all it is) to the pirate.

          Now I don’t really agree with him, and think he needs to stop propagating this myth that piracy is always wrong (yes support the devs kids), but just because something is malware does not make it a bad thing.

          • Rizzidy

            “just because something is malware does not make it a bad thing.”

            That’s kind of the whole definition.

          • yo

            Not it’s not, just because you say it, doesn’t make it so.

            Again: If an app disabled Lybian warplanes, gave people $100 every second from a millonaires bank account, and sent you free tickets to your home address without you knowing it was using your personal info to do so is it malware? Yes. Is it bad? No.

          • yo

            assume the millionaire was the one that made the app so you don’t miss the point.

          • Mal (malus), Latin root for bad.
            Ware, short for software.
            “Malware” is literally “bad software.”

            And yes, any app that takes money from a millionaire’s bank account and gives it to someone else is both malware and bad. It’s theft, plain and simple. What makes you think you’re entitled to someone else’s money or property, just because they have more of it?

          • mike….you. are. awesome.

            go right to the source of the word: maleware.

            yeah 😀

          • Anonymous

            come on YO, if RIZZIDY says it , it is so……..he is a “LEGAL EXPERT” after all!!!!!!!!!!

        • Anonymous

          kinda comparing apples and oranges…you downloaded illegal software, you deal with the consequences…

      • Anonymous

        Hey numbnuts, this sends texts to everyone in your contact list, that means they all get charged for a text message they didn’t want, you think that’s not malicious? None of them are doing anything “illegal”. Furthermore, if the person who downloaded this malware has unlimited text messaging he won’t get charged anything. Btw, harvesting people’s names, numbers and info is malicious dipshit.

        • Anonymous

          btw, the name calling is unnecessary…if you download this app illegally(which is what the app that is “malicious” is out to prevent), then you deserve whatever you get…piracy is illegal, deal with it

          • Rizzidy

            Except for the fact that downloading this software is NOT piracy. The only place you can get it is through non-market channels.

          • Anonymous

            its not the fact that you’re downloading it outside the market…its the fact that if you download it from the dev, its a paid app, but if you download it and get it for free, you’re pirating it

          • Rizzidy

            This was not even made by the dev. It was made by someone else who purposefully put it on the market to be downloaded for free. You cannot, by definition, pirate something that someone purposefully made free for everyone. This is a trojan horse and downloading it in no way constitutes piracy.

          • Anonymous

            Good god you’re an airhead. I won’t apologize for calling you what you are, deal with it.

    • Anonymous

      i dont see this as malicious software…the only people it would be malicious to are the people that are doing something illegal anyways…so get over it

    • Tesseract 3

      You know full well I rarely agree with you, but in this case I’m on your side. Perhaps not as vehemently as you are, like I’m not about to start screaming at Kellex. But honestly, it seems silly that on a community that is clearly full of people who hack and mod their devices on a whim, that we are calling out piracy as horrible? I find it hard to believe that in a community of hackers, most people haven’t engaged in internet piracy before.

      Look I’m all for supporting the devs, but lets not kid ourselves.

  • Anonymous

    Check your phone bill? Do they take money with the app?

  • Anonymous

    Check your phone bill? Do they take money with the app?

    • no but they send texts to all ur friends.

      • Anonymous

        Ahhh so assuming you don’t have unlimited texts and you have a large phonebook, you made get screwed.

      • Anonymous

        Ahhh so assuming you don’t have unlimited texts and you have a large phonebook, you made get screwed.

    • no but they send texts to all ur friends.

  • digsoreos

    No wonder there’s all sorts of buggy software… if someone has typos throughout their spelling, it would make sense that their software would follow the same pattern. 😉

    • Jroc869

      that was part of the joke. they are stupid and cant speak or type correctly

      • digsoreos

        I thought the joke was supposed to be on those who downloaded the pirated app rather than support the developer. But yeah, it’s also a joke on the jokers.

      • digsoreos

        I thought the joke was supposed to be on those who downloaded the pirated app rather than support the developer. But yeah, it’s also a joke on the jokers.

  • this is gold, love it

  • this is gold, love it

  • Jaffarhusseinhim

    Pirating apps=bad, support your android devs!
    Pirating movies and TV shows=good screw those greedy bastards!

  • Jaffarhusseinhim

    Pirating apps=bad, support your android devs!
    Pirating movies and TV shows=good screw those greedy bastards!

    • Apostrafee

      i disagree, although i pirate all of my music movies and tv if you are saying the actions of this developer are righteous your missing the simple principal of the matter

    • Apostrafee

      i disagree, although i pirate all of my music movies and tv if you are saying the actions of this developer are righteous your missing the simple principal of the matter

  • Interstellarmind

    awesome.

    support android, support android devs!!

  • Apostrafee

    im sure the developer/s of this app also download tons of pirated music and movies from the internet as well, hypocrites i say.

  • RW-1

    Obviously a bunch of non-adult humans made the app. It violates several laws I’m sure. The original dev’s of the real app now suffer because now everyone will stay away from it. A shameful way to try and make a good attempt at stopping piracy, in the end though it hurts more than helps.

    Want to steal an app for free? Wait for it on the Amazon market 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Victim can’t really complain I would think. Wouldn’t it be like going to the police and complaining your drug dealer sold you fake drugs this time. Self incriminating?

  • just one word….HILARIOUS!

  • aguy

    Seriously… why not pirate apps, movies, music, etc… in the end does it really matter… when you die… you don’t need money.

  • aguy

    Seriously… why not pirate apps, movies, music, etc… in the end does it really matter… when you die… you don’t need money.

    • Anonymous

      I hope there is some sarcasm that I am missing… are you saying the guys that have quit their day jobs to give us awesome software don’t need money to eat?

      • Anonymous

        Like they work hard. pffft

    • Anonymous

      I hope there is some sarcasm that I am missing… are you saying the guys that have quit their day jobs to give us awesome software don’t need money to eat?

  • Terrible. Even if this app looked interesting to me, all this bad press would steer me away. Surely there’s a more ethical way to curb piracy than stealing information and plastering things like this on the internet. But I suppose it comes with the territory.

  • Terrible. Even if this app looked interesting to me, all this bad press would steer me away. Surely there’s a more ethical way to curb piracy than stealing information and plastering things like this on the internet. But I suppose it comes with the territory.

  • Anonymous

    I like the general premise, but… to be honest, that would not make me buy the app, rather it would make me not trust them in any way with any application. While they may be “well intentioned” they are nothing but malware.

  • Anonymous

    I like the general premise, but… to be honest, that would not make me buy the app, rather it would make me not trust them in any way with any application. While they may be “well intentioned” they are nothing but malware.

  • Lol this is hilarious!

  • Coaster36

    WINNING!

  • Guest

    I fell victim to this

  • Anonymous

    Well, glad someones taking action, but it’s kind of scary to thing of all the non-market apps I’ve installed. Not pirated, but nonetheless I will be very careful in the future about checking “Unknown Sources.”

  • Chris Nimon

    2 wrongs dont make a right, but 3 lefts do 🙂

    • Johnny

      +2 for quoting Cosmo!

    • Anonymous

      wouldn’t 3 lefts make either a square or rectangle ?

    • Anonymous

      wouldn’t 3 lefts make either a square or rectangle ?

  • Two wrongs make wrongswrongs

  • Anonymous

    Glad to hear developers are taking action against software pirates. Honestly, I hope they take this farther.

  • HAHAHAHA

  • Tim242

    When I feel the need to pirate, I do it str8 from the market. Hey, don’t get all self-righteous on me. You all steal tethering. Whether it’s an app, or a service…stealing is stealing. Don’t give me your excuses…I’ve heard them all. Stealing is stealing…period.

    • Anonymous

      Learn the difference between stealing and piracy before opening your mouth next time.

      • Tim242

        Stealing = Piracy, Piracy = Stealing. Period.

        • Anonymous

          No, you’re just incapable of logical thought. Period.

          • Tim242

            No, you’re just trying to justify stealing.

          • Anonymous

            I would explain it to you but then I might as well be talking to a wall.

          • Tim242

            You know they are the same. Shut up.

          • Rizzidy

            Stealing requires depriving someone else of property. Copying does not deprive anyone of the software. If anything, it is the opposite of stealing.

          • Tim242

            You’re depriving them of money for a service…it’s stealing.

          • Rizzidy

            Is the pirate actually taking money FROM the developer? No. The developer never had the money in the first place. You cannot, BY DEFINITION, steal something that someone did not previously possess.

          • Tim242

            They possess the license to it. You stole the license.

          • Rizzidy

            lolwat

            How can you possibly “steal the license?” Jesus Christ, that’s the dumbest thing I’ve heard all day.

          • Tim242

            How stupid are you? If you acquire the app and use it without buying it, you
            have stolen it. You trolls will try your best to defend one type of theft,
            but not another.

          • Rizzidy

            Here’s a cartoon that explains this simple concept for your simple mind:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeTybKL1pM4

  • Beng8686

    This dev is retarded. Illegal charges hmmm sounds worse then piracy if ya ask me.

  • Explicit

    So it hacks your phone……. Looks like this will blow up in the app developers faces by pulling a stunt like that

  • JoeInMO

    I don’t agree with piracy at all, but in this case I think someone has made a very foolish mistake. To take unauthorized information off the phone and then go so far as sending unauthorized text messages is a violation of several federal laws. I think the publisher’s attempt to catch people stealing their app may result in them having some steep legal fees. Not a smart move at all.

  • JoeInMO

    I don’t agree with piracy at all, but in this case I think someone has made a very foolish mistake. To take unauthorized information off the phone and then go so far as sending unauthorized text messages is a violation of several federal laws. I think the publisher’s attempt to catch people stealing their app may result in them having some steep legal fees. Not a smart move at all.

    • MK17

      Except there is no way for people to prove it was the devs (and according to the post it probably wasn’t). They took something from an illegal source. You are certainly at your own risk if you download outside of an affiliated market as the market tells you what you are accepting the program to access.

      That’s like someone trying to sue Crocs if someone was to buy a ripped off pair and it melts and turns their feet green when they step in water. Crocs wasn’t involved, and if they were it would be easy to hide.

  • DroidzFX

    Better watch out if you are downloading pirated porn.

  • DroidzFX

    Better watch out if you are downloading pirated porn.

    • Anonymous

      Your phone might get the herps

  • Anonymous

    hilariously terrifying

  • Anonymous

    hilariously terrifying

  • Dshudson

    Good stuff.. Does it kill anybody?

  • YourMomsTwaht

    It also calls UK while in sleep mode and your phone bill will be crazy. This is bad.

  • Dshudson

    Is it just me.. and believe me it could be.. But are people who write “first” retarded? I especially like people who write that and their not first. Judging by this dudes photo, I can see why he would race to write “first”

    “Last”

    • DroidzFX

      It is just you….if you have been around long enough you would understand the act of firsting spawned along with Droid-Life’s conception and was widely accepted. Except for the few that choose to take the joy out of everything.

      • Dshudson

        Wouldn’t it make more sense to “first” but actually have an opinion.. it’s stupid.. It would be impressive if you were first and were quick enough to type something

        • Dshudson

          Not here to argue.. point taken.

        • Dshudson

          Not here to argue.. point taken.

        • DroidzFX

          First is not about the opinion. Its about being first thats the whole concept. Impressiveness wont get you first in this blog.

          • Dshudson

            I will try and “first” the next story 😉

          • You got some stiff competition. I’m still the reigning 1st champ in these here parts! 😛

          • DroidzFX

            Im pretty sure I broke the record for most Firsts in one day.

          • Anonymous

            Why does is make you cool to be the first Turd to post on an article, especially if you haven’t even taken the time to read it? Just because you are the first one to show up for a race doesn’t make you a winner.

            Gotta love the “Xbox 360 Achievement” generation!

          • DroidzFX

            Who said it makes you cool? It adds an element to the blog thats it. If you dont like it simply dont participate.

          • Anonymous

            What “element” could it possibly supply? Do you think people actually look to see who was the first to post on an article?!?

          • Anonymous

            What “element” could it possibly supply? Do you think people actually look to see who was the first to post on an article?!?

          • +1. Being first is NOT an opinion. It’s a lifestyle! 🙂

        • DroidzFX

          First is not about the opinion. Its about being first thats the whole concept. Impressiveness wont get you first in this blog.

      • Dshudson

        Wouldn’t it make more sense to “first” but actually have an opinion.. it’s stupid.. It would be impressive if you were first and were quick enough to type something

    • TuckWY

      Is it just me or are people who don’t know the difference between there, their, and they’re retarded?

      Relax we like to have fun here, no need to pick on others.

  • Not Cool at all, even if one pirates said application.

    • Anonymous

      NO, actually it’s very cool & it gets the point across in a funny way……simple, DON’T PIRATE APPS/SUPPORT DEVS!!!!!!!!!!

      • Anonymous

        Shut it.

  • Most of the contacts in my phone would just think it was funny.

  • derickmc

    I think its halarious! I give them props for being creative and fun while combating piracy at the same time… I’m no angel though. I dont use pirated apps, but i do use torrents for movies.. shame on me.

  • Anonymous

    -1 for combing through all my phones data but +100 for the hilarity of it all.

  • Bel

    Given that they now have the option of in-app purchases, i would think that “free” apps that have a paid upgrade to full version would be happening all over the place.

  • Anonymous

    Kinda bad if this app sends a txt to your grandma who then calls you and barades you as to why this message popped up and she is being charged extra on her bill. I agree with the punishment but I don’t think it should send out texts to everyone on your contact list.

    • Anonymous

      Don’t pirate apps if you don’t want to be berated by grandma.

      • Anonymous

        Grandma has to pay for that text, that’s wrong. In my case, I have unlimited text messaging so it wouldn’t cost me anything but it certainly would those in my contact list without an unlimited plan.

        Once an app is created it is created, whether I download a copy of it or not, the developer is not affected, get that through your thick skull.

  • I’m no legal expert but that sounds illegal?

    • Wquin67

      and getting a pirated app is not. Seems like a fair risk one takes when they try to steal.

      • GotSka81

        Piracy is certainly a crime, however this country does not run on an “eye for an eye” judicial system. If the application included a user-license agreement stating the application is allowed free access to your information and contacts that the user had to agree to to use the app, then this would be legit…however it appears that it does so without asking. I’m no legal expert, but I have to think that this is just as illegal as piracy, and therefore the dev is just asking for trouble. While it’s certainly a unique way to get back what was taken from them, ultimately I think it might hurt more than help.

        • Anonymous

          All android apps ask for permissions when you install them. The average app pirate is just too stupid to realize when an app has permissions it shouldn’t have.

          • The original app it’s made to look like is an app that sends SMS. Wouldn’t you authorize it to do so?

            As far as sending identifying information back to a 3rd party server, that would be a different permission.

          • The original app it’s made to look like is an app that sends SMS. Wouldn’t you authorize it to do so?

            As far as sending identifying information back to a 3rd party server, that would be a different permission.

    • Most definitely not. And plus; who cares?!? Don’t pirate apps! Hah
      This story has tigers blood smeared all over it lol

      • Steenerk

        WINNING!!!

      • Steenerk

        WINNING!!!

      • Anonymous

        I agree. This is fiving awesome.

      • Anonymous

        I agree. This is fiving awesome.

      • actually it is illegal
        just cause some steals something from you doesnt give the other person the right to go infecting your phone with an app they will steal from you

        its like stealing from a store getting caught by the store so the store manager goes to your bank and withdraws $75,000 just for stealing
        its illegal and the dev will be sued(i know i would sue if this happened to me granted i dont pirate apps)

        just remember 2 wrongs dont make it right, but 3 rights make it left

        • B

          This isn’t any worst than a developer packaging their app with adware. You have to accept the permission settings to allow the application to send SMS’s and personal information.

          The only one has a legitimate case to sue is the developer of the original app.

        • Anonymous

          It is very doubtful that the actual dev is doing this. But you’re right, this is illegal, but the type of justified illegal that no one cares about.

      • actually it is illegal
        just cause some steals something from you doesnt give the other person the right to go infecting your phone with an app they will steal from you

        its like stealing from a store getting caught by the store so the store manager goes to your bank and withdraws $75,000 just for stealing
        its illegal and the dev will be sued(i know i would sue if this happened to me granted i dont pirate apps)

        just remember 2 wrongs dont make it right, but 3 rights make it left

      • Rizzidy

        I AM a legal expert, and it is illegal. These idiots are about to get hurt badly.

        • Anonymous

          nobody cares bro. stfu. I saw you hatin on Kellex already in another post… threatening to not give him tips anymore… oooh noooo… get a grip. If you’re supporting piracy you deserve to get boned in the bum. whoever made this deserves a medal. BI-WINNING!

          • Rizzidy

            Being anti-malware is hardly the same as being pro-piracy. Get a grip.

          • Anonymous

            call it vigilante justice. In this case pro-malware IS anti-piracy.

          • No one deserves to have their phone hacked. regardless of whether they downloaded a pirate app. how many of you have never illegally downloaded a song, snuck into a 2nd movie after the 1st ended, made a copy of a cd for a friend? Do you deserve to have your credit card stolen…no

          • Adryan

            but see in response to your downloaded an illegal song or movie or program for that matter many people get viruses from those files. So same situation here. And honestly now i could be wrong but i dont think the dev of this malware trickery is charging them anything but i think he is saying in the event of someone being charged for all those text messages but you could still argue thats wrong but so is downloading illegal apps. IF YOU DONT CRAP LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN DONT DOWNLOAD PIRATED MATERIAL. OR BETTER YET DOWNLOAD AT YOUR OWN RISK. ( not shouting at person i replied to but just a general statement)

          • Adryan

            Whoops forgot a word IF YOU DONT WANT*

          • Anonymous

            having my credit card stolen is in no way related to sneaking into a movie… or downloading a song. If I download a song illegally and its a virus, I deserve it. If I sneak into a movie and it sucks, serves me right… If you stick your finger into a power socket you deserve to get shocked… Whoever made the malware version of this app only put it in a place that it was accessible if somebody attempted to break the law… that’s fair.

          • DrNo

            Seriously, you are a moron lol… I really hope you never have children and procreate, and that by the way is my professional medical opinion. But, more than likely, you’re some punk ass kid who’s trolling the net. I cannot wait until someone bites you in the ass for the illegal crap you’ve done in your life. This is yet another reason why we need another Vietnam to thin out the ranks a bit.

          • Anonymous

            Oh I’ll be the first to admit that i like to see you get your panties all bunched up, but I’m not out to troll. I truly can’t for the life of me see how you can be mad at a developer who intentionally releases malware that could only be accessed through an illegal download…and instead of having a semi intellectual argument about the ethics (not even legality) of this occurrence, you turn to slinging insults and flaunting your “professional medical opinion”… ha.

          • Grimm_payne

            So agreeing that piracy is wrong, and then stating that getting in trouble for it makes em’ a troll? Really? If anybody is the idiot here, and if anyone is a troll it’d be you DrNo, and before calling a person a troll, understand the definition. It’s someone who goes out of their way to make people feel like shit over the interwebz, and that is exactly what YOU are doing. YOU are in fact, the troll.

          • Grimm_payne

            Correction to what i said before “So agreeing that piracy is wrong, and then stating that getting in trouble for it *is just*, makes em’ a troll?”

          • Anonymous

            you download(illegally) it, you install it, you suffer the consequences

          • JD

            Shows you the intelligence of the people that peruse this site. Makes us look almost as bad as the iPhone fan boys.

          • Rizzidy

            Being anti-malware is hardly the same as being pro-piracy. Get a grip.

        • DaveIsAwesome

          Even if this anti-piracy app is illegal, isn’t piracy illegal? If I’m walking with my girlfriend and someone tried to steal her purse, should I not punch the schmuck in the face even though it’s illegal?

          • Rizzidy

            There’s a huge difference between self-defense and going out of your way to cause harm.

        • Anonymous

          Hahahahaha, now your a legal “expert”…..really dude?????? Regarding the post, if it teaches a bunch of clowns not 2 steal apps, or scares some people in2 not pirating, then its great….DEVS WORK HARD, SUPPORT THEM!!!!!!!!

          • Rizzidy

            Yes, really. Not everyone here is 15 years old.

          • Anonymous

            ????????……..ohhhhh I got it, I’m sorry bro, your over 15 yo, u must b a “legal expert” ( I 4got that when u turn 16 u have 2 pass the bar exam)…..sorry dude, but your response was ridiculous, just like your “malware” comments @ kellex & others

          • Rizzidy

            huh? What I gathered from your broken English is that you think that I said all 16 year olds are legal experts. Not only does that not in any way follow from what I said, it is patently stupid. Stay in school.

          • Anonymous

            So sorry i cant b bothered with proper grammer in a blog comment section mr rizzidy esq. From what i gathered from your comment was “yes really” meaning u think u r a “legal expert” & “not every1 here is 15” right after that, pretty much implying that if your over 15, u r a legal expert…….maybe u should try wording your posts better dumbass (i know, i must b a teenager, bc i said dumbass—->saved u the trouble of putting it in your response)

          • You do sound pretty stupid bud. You should stop while youre only slighly behind.

          • Anonymous

            And you must be what… 6, 7?

          • Grimm_payne

            Really, you think you’re helping your case? Just shut up, what he said makes sense, what you said, did not. You must be mentally challenged.

        • Jackryan006

          You are forgetting that the app was downloaded on a site known for hosting pirated software. In no way is it tied to the original developer. Unless you are referring to the uploader or “idiots” of the file to the site and not the dev. In which case, I misunderstood you. But, judging from previous legal actions or lack there of in known pirate sites, I assume the file will be taken down and no legal recourse pursued.

      • This is definitely illegal. As for who cares, I bet the people that enforce the law will if enough people bring it to their attention.

      • Mr.Joe

        SO… if someone steals something I have the right to kill them. Cause you know stealing is a crime and you shouldn’t do it. Plus 2 wrongs make a right.

        • trumpet444

          accidentally liked……sorry I dont. You’re just being absurd. Mass texting is not murder. Bad comparison

      • Mr.Joe

        SO… if someone steals something I have the right to kill them. Cause you know stealing is a crime and you shouldn’t do it. Plus 2 wrongs make a right.

      • Im pretty sure its illegal its unwanted messages to the receiver so technically they could sue the app makers in small claims court.

        • patrick4

          but wouldn’t those permissions show up before they hit “ok” while installing the app? Doesnt that shift responsibility to the user?

      • Im pretty sure its illegal its unwanted messages to the receiver so technically they could sue the app makers in small claims court.

      • Missthetrain

        There are about 2 billions hungry lawyers out there that cares very much.
        Not a good move by the dev.

      • JD

        You are an official spokesperson for this site…and you are making comments that are completely wrong. I honestly hope whoever created this app gets nailed. These kinds of things only make the sfotware world worse.

    • Anonymous

      If I recall correctly, didn’t Google involve law enforcement when there were shady apps that were stealing information in the marketplace recently? You know, the apps that they used their super-awesome Google powers to remove from every phone? I too think this is quite illegal. Hilarious? You bet. Illegal? Methinksso.

      • the app they installed isnt on the internet, just the ones that people download illegally does this.

      • scadole

        The app was PIRATED so it wasn’t on the market. I’m not saying I don’t do it, but whenever you pirate something you run the risk of effing up your equipment.

    • Anonymous

      If I recall correctly, didn’t Google involve law enforcement when there were shady apps that were stealing information in the marketplace recently? You know, the apps that they used their super-awesome Google powers to remove from every phone? I too think this is quite illegal. Hilarious? You bet. Illegal? Methinksso.

    • Droydhead

      who cares?

    • Droydhead

      who cares?

      • Missthetrain

        There are about 2 billions hungry lawyers out there that very much cares.

    • Tfasdf8

      “so I illegally downloaded an app and they did something illegal to me”

      So you admit to breaking the law to get someone else in trouble?

      • Anonymous

        Kinda like a lawsuit from someone who broke into your house and broke they’re arm falling down your stairs.

      • Anonymous

        Kinda like a lawsuit from someone who broke into your house and broke they’re arm falling down your stairs.

    • Tfasdf8

      “so I illegally downloaded an app and they did something illegal to me”

      So you admit to breaking the law to get someone else in trouble?

    • Definitely sounds illegal. Big difference between theft and piracy.

      http://www.memehumor.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/piracy-e1299573133979.jpg

      • Anonymous

        Seems as though many people are too stupid to know the difference.

    • Lightguado

      haha????? downloading it in the first place was illegal

  • Batman of the App World?

  • Jason

    Love it! Who can’t afford a dollar? When your phone bill is $100, what a few $1.00 apps each month?

    • Dshudson

      2 dollars if your idea of a couple is two.

    • Pinto

      $100? try $65…that’s what i’m paying

  • I see their point, but I disagree with their tactics. With the semi-recent change to 15 minute refund time periods, if there’s an app that I’m interested in but is expensive, I’ll pirate it for a test drive before buying… 15 mintues isn’t nearly long enough to decide if you want to get a refund on some of the apps out there.

    • Anonymous

      While i understand your point and am sympathetic about it, you are still breaking the law.

      You don’t steal a car to say you’re trying it out before you buy it. “The test drive isnt nearly long enough to decide if I want it” too bad that’s not your decision.

      now pirating music and movies is ok because you’re just thieving the thieves (movie studios/record labels)

      • Converge

        Most dealerships will give you a 24 hour test drive… so you’re argument is poop.

        Not to mention your last sentence.. :

        • Converge

          your*

        • Anonymous

          i meant OK from a personal/moral view

          I also stopped caring halfway through writing lol

  • Anonymous

    It’s funny but scary at the same time

  • Iplay88keys

    That would suck… but you would definately learn not to steal the apps… imagine if it were real and they used it in a more criminal way… no thanks, I’ll buy apps instead of downloading the pirated versions. Although, even the purchased ones could be viruses…

  • Iplay88keys

    That would suck… but you would definately learn not to steal the apps… imagine if it were real and they used it in a more criminal way… no thanks, I’ll buy apps instead of downloading the pirated versions. Although, even the purchased ones could be viruses…

  • Ecffighter7232

    now thats just funny right there

  • Ecffighter7232

    now thats just funny right there

  • droiddoes

    Damn my mom is going to whoop me when she gets the message! 🙁

  • Outstanding.

  • dirty tactics #yum

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