'Godless' malware attacks Android devices2016-06-23 02:56 by Daniela
Tags: Android, malware
A new Android malware has been discovered by Trend Micro. Called Godless, it tries to root the OS of a device and thencan secretly install unwanted programs, like spyware for example.The malware targets devices running Android 5.1 (Lollipop) and earlier, which accounts for more than 90 percent of Android devices. The majority of the affected devices are in India and in other southeast Asian countries.
"Based on the data gathered from our Trend Micro Mobile App Reputation Service, malicious apps related to this threat can be found in prominent app stores, including Google Play, and has affected over 850,000 devices worldwide," the company said in a statement.
"The malicious apps we've seen that have this new remote routine range from utility apps like flashlights and Wi-Fi apps, to copies of popular game," the company said.
In order to avoid the threat of being hacked, Trend Micro recommends that users download apps only from trusted sources.
"When downloading apps, regardless if it's a utility tool or a popular game, users should always review the developer. Unknown developers with very little or no background information may be the source of these malicious apps."
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