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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.

  • http://alltechdaily.com 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.

  • http://twitter.com/TimmyTommyCally Timothy Callahan

    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.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PP2KC2NKYXJ5AUNAJWRZTBRPUA Matty G

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/djstarion Francisco Rodriguez

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/denerobags Thomas Hammie

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/benmarvin benmarvin

    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.

  • http://twitter.com/benmarvin benmarvin

    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.

  • http://www.agrstech.com Zephaniah

    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.

          • http://twitter.com/mikeszekely Mike Szekely

            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?

          • http://twitter.com/TimmyTommyCally Timothy Callahan

            mike….you. are. awesome.

            go right to the source of the word: maleware.

            yeah :D

          • 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?

    • http://twitter.com/magicjboy magicjboy

      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.

    • http://twitter.com/magicjboy magicjboy

      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.

  • http://profiles.google.com/faceonahead martyn wright

    this is gold, love it

  • http://profiles.google.com/faceonahead martyn wright

    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!!