Agent Smith Malware jeopardizes 25 million android devices

Agent Smith’ a malware that was discovered by researches at Checkpoint confirms that the malware reportedly affected 25 million android devices all over the world of which 15 million are in India alone. The malware was traced back and it was found that it originated from the app store called 9apps. It takes advantage of recognized weaknesses of the Android system to substitute legit installed applications with the malicious code appended to it. It is interesting how it does not steal any data although it can, instead it hits you with pop up ads and takes credit for the ads with the help of fraudulent views. The most common app in which the users encountered this event is on Whatsapp. So if you also have been experiencing the same, then you may be a victim of the Agent Smith Malware.
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The malware would be hidden inside “barely functioning photo utility, games, or sex-related apps,” Check Point writes. After the user downloads one, the malware masquerades as an app related to Google with a title such as “Google Updater” and starts replacing code. Interestingly enough, the vulnerability that allowed Agent Smith to take over the phone was effectively patched several years earlier in Android.

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