OFFICIAL SECURITY BLOG
February 11, 2014 | BY Christopher Boyd
Poor old Flappy Bird, YOU WERE GONE TOO SOON.
However, he’s back! Sort of.
Actually, he isn’t back at all because fresh out of the starting blocks (and falling in along with some Trojanized mobile apps) we have a couple of suspiciously spammy posts made to IMVU. As you’ll notice, they really like saying “Flappy Bird”:
“Flappy Bird download free for iOS and Android
Flappy Bird download free for iOS and Android. Flappy bird has become one of the most popular mobile games. In our previous posts we mentioned about this insanely popular new game – Flappy Bird”
Both posts claim that everybody’s favourite five-minute wonder has returned, in the form of downloadable Android / iOS / everything else apps.
This would be a good thing as far as Flappy Bird fans are concerned due to the title having been pulled by the creator after endless pressure, death threats and the worry of where to stash all that money he must have made by this point.
Clicking the link takes you to that perennial favourite of those with little to offer and everything to gain: a bunch of surveys.
In the above testing, each clickable option took us to mobile-centric sign up pages, where links typically required some form of mobile number sign up and / or payment to process. As much as I like our little flapping pal I made my excuses and left.
At time of writing, the links page above has been “disabled” and all of the offers redirect to blank pages. Flappy Bird may fly no more, but neither will this survey scam.