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A new type of Android malware found - and it's almost impossible to remove

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    Default A new type of Android malware found - and it's almost impossible to remove

    http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/...p-threat-news/

    It's apparently a rootkit found in infected apps on third party app stores - one that installs itself as a system application and is almost impossible to remove. The attackers can do what they want with your phone\tablet and will install applications without your consent. More in the article.


    TL;DR - don't install apps not from Google Store.

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    That is really alarming like Stagefright virus. The most dangerous thing is that it is very difficult to remove this threat once infected. If you are not a tech savvy person it is better to go for a new device. I think people nowadays are crazy in downloading anything and from anywhere they like. Hackers/cyber criminals are taking advantage of the psychology that people will become prey to free offers easily.

    Same is the case with Stagefright virus too. In this case hacker sends an MMS to your mobile and once it reaches your mobile he can take control of the system remotely. Everyday new threats are being revealed especially related to Android devices.

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    It seems like Android OS has a lot of vulnerabilities, hopefully this one will get patched out quickly. I have never taken Apple Iphone phones into consideration in the past because of their price, but maybe it's worth paying extra for the added security.
    Third - party Android app sites often have lower prices than on Google store, but they don't seem to check their applications thoroughly, so it's better to avoid them.

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    It is complicated to like Android. Everyday, I see in mobile news some terrible malware or some problem with security. I think that Google is so passive with Android problems. Another day, a research said that there are a lot of apps in Google play that they are violating user privacy. Moreover, users of Android are always saying about the large amount of apps in Google play, but unfortunately, there are many apps with bad quality. For these and other reasons, I switched for Windows Phone.

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    This is one of the major drawbacks of android, even though I still think it is a much better OS than IOS. However, this is purely at the users risk, and android itself can't be blamed for users installing apps that are not from the google play store, it's like blaming Microsoft for viruses on Windows. However, I do hope that android release a patch that prevents this malware from affecting people's devices, once downloaded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter97 View Post
    This is one of the major drawbacks of android, even though I still think it is a much better OS than IOS. However, this is purely at the users risk, and android itself can't be blamed for users installing apps that are not from the google play store, it's like blaming Microsoft for viruses on Windows. However, I do hope that android release a patch that prevents this malware from affecting people's devices, once downloaded.
    I agree with you. But the main problem to update security of Android are carriers, I read an article in which mobile operators are responsible for the delay in Android updates . Google Nexus are the androids that did not suffer from this issue, they receive updates very fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinisouz View Post
    I agree with you. But the main problem to update security of Android are carriers, I read an article in which mobile operators are responsible for the delay in Android updates . Google Nexus are the androids that did not suffer from this issue, they receive updates very fast.
    I imagine mainly the American carries, such as Verizon are responsible for the delay of updates. Here in the UK, We've never came across an issue with carriers rejecting, or delaying am update. However, I think carriers should have no say whatsoever in when an update is released.
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