A "new" version of Walk and Text – which is available as a legitimate app from the Android Market – was recently posted on several notorious file-sharing sites, renowned for their wealth of pirated material.
However, users attempting to install the non-existent 1.3.7 version of Walk and Text got a rather nasty – and ultimately well-deserved – surprise. This is definitely my favourite news story of the week.
A “Cracking…” screen appears initially, but rather than cracking Walk and Text, sensitive information such as the user’s name, phone number and IMEI are sent to an external server. And the fun doesn’t end there.
A text message is then sent to everyone in the user’s contact list, saying: “Hey,just downlaoded a pirated App off the Internet, Walk and Text for Android. Im stupid and cheap,it costed only 1 buck.Don’t steal like I did!” Brilliant.
The spelling mistakes and poor grammar appear to be intentional, probably in an attempt to further humiliate the user, as the final message is written in near-perfect English. It reads: “We really hope you learned something from this. Check your phone bill;) Oh and don’t forget to buy the App from the Market,” and is accompanied by a link to purchase the app legitimately.
The word “sanctimonious” springs to mind - who hasn’t dabbled in the odd illegal download? But a hilarious story nonetheless. Great stuff.