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Fake Android Alerts – first Google, then Microsoft

If you’re a Google Android user, you may have been bothered by pop-up notifications over the past week that you didn’t expect and certainly didn’t want.

The first mainstream victim seems to be Google’s own Hangouts app.

Users around the world, and therefore at all times of the day (many users complained unnecessarily about waking up), received spam-like messages such as:

The messages did not contain the suggested links or required any action from the recipient, so there was no obvious cybercrime intent.

The messages really seemed to be some kind of test – but who and for what purpose?

Four exclamation marks suggested someone hacking persuasion – perhaps some sort of overcooked “concept proof” (PoC) designed to make a point sent by someone who had no social grace or legal sensitivity in knowing when to quit.

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