In recent times, the Android ecosystem has been plagued with several occurrences of malware. This has caused lots of panic among users. For instance, right after the Stagefright drama, people dropped their Android’s and switched to other platforms. Manufacturers sat up and started pushing security updates to fix the situation.
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In a new twist, Lookout (owners of Lookout Antivirus) have discovered a new strain of malware. This one is crazy. It automatically roots your phone, and pushes out endless ads to you. Who knows, it might also be uploading some of your data to servers elsewhere too.
In a blogpost, the company explained how this malware works. It is infused into regular apps like Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Candy Crush etc, and they’re uploaded to 3rd party Android apps stores.
To add more salt to injury, the report says that these virus cannot be uninstalled or removed. The owner might have to end up buying another device entirely. As always, the best way is to play safe. Ensure to always download apps from Google Play Store. This greatly reduces your chances of contacting this virus.