Zimperium zLabs researchers are warning Android users about a ‘sophisticated’ new malicious Malware app. disguised as System Update can steal user’s data.
Once in control, hackers can record audio and phone calls, take photos, access WhatsApp messages, steal messages and database files among other things.
What is this System Update Malware?
Android OS continues to be the subject of targeted malware efforts. The open-source nature of the platform does leave it at a bit of a disadvantage.
So it’s not uncommon to hear about sophisticated new malicious app that puts users’ data at risk.
Zimperium CEO Shridhar Mittal told TechCrunch that the malware is most likely a part of a targeted attack
“It’s easily the most sophisticated we’ve seen…I think a lot of time and effort was spent on creating this app. We believe that there are other apps out there like this.
And we are trying our very best to find them as soon as possible,” he told the publicationZimperium CEO Shridhar Mittal
The malware is being distributed through an app called “System Update.” It’s floating around online, you won’t find it on Google Play.
The only way to install the app right now is to side-load it. that is by its APk,
Once this app is installed, it hides on the phone and starts sending data to the malware operator’s servers
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What can this malware do?
Disguises itself as a System Update application, and is stealing data, messages, images and taking control of Android phones.
Once in control, hackers can record audio and phone calls, take photos, review browser history, access WhatsApp messages, and more
The list is plenty Stealing instant messenger messages to gps, files browser data and so one.
Many Android users side-load apps that their device may not be officially compatible with.
Not everyone is cautious about where they’re sourcing the app files from. That’s a major reason why malware like this, as shown in the image below, are able to spread far and wide.
Now, the good news is that this malicious app was never available on the Google Play Store.
it means that as long as you continue to download the apps from the Play Store, you should be safe
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