Cyber security experts have warned smartphone owners about a notorious Android Malware that overloads your smartphone and causes it to burst open! Researchers at Kaspersky Lab have described the malware as a jack of all trades that can carry out a plethora of nefarious actions such as overload your Android phone with adverts, spam contacts with texts and use the android device’s computing power to even mine cryptocurrencies!
Kaspersky Lab also revealed that the Android Malware thus far does not spy or monitor an infected phone’s activities. However, what’s more shocking is that the malware was discovered in 20 adverts claiming to promote porn or antivirus apps!
To figure out the strength of the malware, researchers at Kaspersky intentionally infected an Android phone with the malware and witnessed that after 2 days of infection the deadly malware overloaded the phone’s battery causing it to physically warp and bulge.
According to Kaspersky: “These days, it’s too easy to end up with malicious apps on your smartphone, even if you’re using the official Google Play app store. The situation gets even worse when you go somewhere other than the official store – fake applications, limited security checks, and so on…”
Incidentally, in May 2017 cyber security experts at Check Point had discovered over 41 malicious apps on Google Play Store that were downloaded up to 18 million times and were rapidly spreading the trojan.
Those apps were a part of the notorious Judy malware campaign labelled as “possibly the largest Android malware campaign ever to have been discovered on Google Play.”Luckily those apps were removed after Check Point intimated Google about the threat.
According to security firm Check Point: “In order to generate revenues for the makers of the malware, the Judy malware campaign produced fake advertising clicks.”