Researchers have found a new type of Android malware found in thousands of apps, posing as popular titles -- including Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and more.
Making matters worse, it's almost impossible to remove, forcing a user to replace their device entirely.
Lookout Security, a mobile security firm, discovered the new so-called "trojanized adware," which puts a new twist on how cybercriminals are generating money.
By taking legitimate apps from the Google Play store, malicious actors will repackage the app with baked-in adware, and serve it to a third-party app store. In many cases, the apps are still fully functional and doesn't alert the device owner.
Two things. First, why would you want to download an official app from a third-party store, when that app is available in the Google Play Store for free? And two, that type of Android malware forces the change of a device? Which means that it can even survive a fastboot? Personally I would like to see how it does to stay persistent even though you wipe the whole phone. Migrates to the SD card?
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Edited by Aura, 05 November 2015 - 10:02 AM.