Be wary of an app going by the name of Instagram and published on the Android Market by a developer calling itself App for Android. It is NOT the long-awaited arrival of Instagram on Android, it’s a fake. The app forces users to give it a 5/5 rating in order to access its features, then fills your phone up with malware.
The five-star ranking thing is a clever tactic, as one of the visual clues we use to identify if an app is safe and genuine is a high Android Market user feedback score. Thanks to this fake feedback boost, the Instagram fake has racked up over 1,500 highly positive reader reviews in less than 24 hours.
This is a very embarrassing and high-profile attack, especially as Google only just announced that its Bouncer auto-scanner would be able to put a stop to such shameful practices. The fake app’s here [hooray, it’s now been deleted] if you’d like to have a look – just don’t install it.
Thanks to reader Mr Perkins for the tip.