Cyber security solutions provider Check Point on Wednesday uncovered that ‘Agent Smith,” another variation of mobile malware, has discreetly contaminated around 25 million Android gadgets all around, including 15 million Smartphones in India.
Agent Smith Malware Attacks 25 Million Android Devices Globally
Disguised as a Google-related application, the malware exploits known Android vulnerabilities and naturally replaces installed apps with malignant adaptations without the clients’ learning or cooperation, said Check Point Research, the risk insight arm of Israel-based Check Point.
The malware at present uses its wide access to the gadgets’ assets to demonstrate deceitful promotions for monetary benefit, yet could undoubtedly be used for more meddlesome and destructive purposes, for example, banking credential theft and eavesdropping. This action takes after past malware battles, such as, “Hummingbad”, “Gooligan”, and “CopyCat”.
“The malware attacks user-installed applications silently, making it challenging for common Android users to combat such threats on their own,” said Jonathan Shimonovich, Head of Mobile Threat Detection Research at Check Point.
“Agent Smith” was initially downloaded from the broadly used outsider app store, 9Apps and focused on for the most part Arabic, Hindi, Russian and Indonesian-talking clients.
Up until now, the essential exploited people are situated in India however other Asian nations, such as Pakistan and Bangladesh have also been affected. There has also been a detectable number of contaminated gadgets in the UK, Australia, and the US. Check Point has worked intimately with Google and at the season of distributing, no noxious apps stay on the Play Store, said the organization.
“Combining advanced threat prevention and threat intelligence while adopting a ‘hygiene first’ approach to safeguard digital assets is the best protection against invasive mobile malware attacks like ‘Agent Smith,'” said the report.
Also, clients should just download apps from trusted app stores to relieve the danger of contamination as outsider app stores regularly come up short on the safety efforts required to square adware stacked apps.