IT specialists from Lookout Security announced yesterday that they have discovered a malware program in popular Android applications. New type of Malware infects android apps, making users to throw away their phones.
According to the representatives from Lookout Security, the new type of malware seems to be something resembling a Trojan add malware. Reports from all over the network point out that this malware program insinuates himself in legitimate applications such as Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Candy Crush. Security specialist were able to identify and isolate circa 20000 malware samples found in popular mobile applications.
It seems that the source code for this virus has been altered, repackaged and introduced in other applications. Specialist say that applications would run normally on the device, but they are already infected by the malware ads that runs in the background.
This, in time will lead to bug related experiences which the users will be unable to fix since the software cannot be uninstalled. Ultimately, this type of malware will burrow inside the phone’s root directory, being able to easily access user data.
New type of malware infects Android application causing unrestfullness among Android users because of the program’s capacity of avoiding detection.
Specialists explain that a traditional adware that gest inside your phone typically acts the same way. Users are visually harassed by pop-ups everywhere on the screen and the overall performance of the device begins to decrease. This usually prompts users to uninstall infected application and that would be the end of it.
A word of caution from Lookout Security when dealing with this type of adware. In most of the cases, phone users become aware of the infection when it is too late. So, if you think of downloading a new version of Facebook or something to kill time, while you are waiting in the bus stations, be very cautious. Security experts advise us to install powerful malware removal tools in order to detect and remove these kind of intrusions.
The same security experts declared that the motifs behind these kind of attacks remain yet uncertain. As to the potential damage that an infected application could do, they say that in only a couple of hours after downloading and running an application, the whole phone will become unusable.
No official statistic has been released detailing the number of cyber-attacks or the number of infected systems, but Security experts are very pessimistic saying that we could be dealing with thousands of cases.