Updated 18 May, 2013, 5:40 pm IST
Over 60 percent of Android malware comes from one malware family: McAfee
| by Ramkumar Iyer |
As the popularity of Android has grown, so has the number of hackers and malware targeting it. However, it has now been revealed that a majority of threats for Android originate from a single malware family, Android.FakeInstaller.
Andriod.FakeInstaller masquerades as legitimate apps and takes your money.
After installation, when Android.FakeInstaller is executed, it displays a service agreement that tells the user that one or more SMS’ will be sent; this agreement has apparently been found in Russian or English. The user is then forced to click an Agree or Next button, which sends a premium SMS message. McAfee reveals that it has come upon versions of the malware that send SMS messages before users even see or click a button. Often, fake progress bars are displayed to make users think some process is taking place.
How to stay secure? Simple: Don't install any app from outside the Google Play store or follow links on strange websites. Also, it wouldn't hurt to install some sort of antivirus on your smartphone.
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