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"New Android adware hits thousands of apps, can't be removed", via ZDNet

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#1 Aura


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Posted 05 November 2015 - 09:39 AM

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.

Source: http://www.zdnet.com/article/new-android-adware-ensnares-thousands-of-apps-cannot-be-removed/

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?

News articles:
Mobile malware evolves: Adware now breaks and roots your phone
New type of auto-rooting Android adware is nearly impossible to remove
Lookout Discovers Trojanized Adware that Secretly Acquires Root Access

Edited by Aura, 05 November 2015 - 10:02 AM.

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