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Millions of Android Devices Infected


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#1 buddy215

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Posted 05 July 2016 - 02:01 PM

10 million Android devices reportedly infected with Chinese malware - CNET

 

QUOTE a bit from link above:  ..........."The first component attempts to gain root access on a device with...rootkit [software] that exploits multiple vulnerabilities. If successful, attackers gain full access to a device," Check Point said. "If rooting fails, a second component uses a fake system update notification, tricking users into granting HummingBad system-level permissions."

This access is used to generate fraudulent advertising revenue -- apparently up to $300,000 per month -- through the forced downloading of apps and clicking of ads.

But it's not just fake ad revenue at stake here because the group is able to sell access to phones and give away information held on them, Check Point said. The security company estimates that over 85 million smartphones have the group's apps installed, though only a small percent include the malicious software..............

 

...........The bulk of victims are in China and India, with 1.6 million and 1.35 million cases respectively. The Philippines, Indonesia and Turkey are toward the top of the list, too. The US has 288,800 infected devices. The UK and Australia each have fewer than 100,000 devices affected.

"Yingmob may be the first group to have its high degree of organization and financial self-sufficiency exposed to the public, but it certainly won't be the last," Check Point said.........................

 

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Edited by buddy215, 05 July 2016 - 02:21 PM.

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