New Android Malware Attacked 25 Million Devices: Hacked News
Google recently removed 6 applications from Google Play, which contained malware and showed fraudulent advertisements to users. Even months ago it was announced that 19 applications full of invasive ads were passed by Google Maps. The Mountain View company keeps an intense fight to keep this type of apps out of reach of consumers, but day after day there are new applications that fill Android devices with malware. Now a new malware has been released that leaks into this operating system and that already affects more than 25 million terminals.
As reported from Check Point, it has discovered a malware for Android that replaces parts of applications with its own code and that has already affected more than 25 million devices. The security firm itself, which has called this malware ‘Agent Smith‘, has confirmed that this malware uses several methods to attack a device and to avoid being detected.
‘Agent Smith‘ does not steal user data, it hacks applications and forces them to display more ads, so that the malware operator can benef from fraudulent visits. The well-known security firm has also pointed out that the malware searches, such as WhatsApp or Opera, and then replaces parts of its code, thus preventing them from being updated.
Hacking Apps & Forcing Them To Show Ads
The report reflects that this new malware has mainly affected devices in India and other nearby countries because the way of propagation occurs through a third-party app store called 9Apps. The company also claims that the malware has reached the United States devices and tried to appear in the Google Play Store.
It is also confirmed that most of them are hiding inside applications of photographs, games or apps related to sex that barely works. Once a user downloads the malware, it will disguise itself as a Google-related application.
Google has already removed all malicious applications discovered. Finally, researchers from the same media claim they have discovered that the malware seems to be executed by a Chinese company that claims to help developers publish their apps worldwide.