Security researches found the first case of a smartphone shipping with pre-installed malware. The device is the Star N9500, a Galaxy S4 lookalike that’s available throughout Europe on Amazon.
Using the logo of the FBI and President Barack Obama, Android-Trojan.Koler.A uses a location function to tailor the warnings to whatever country that you reside in. The malware prevents users from accessing the home screen of their phones, making it impossible to use most other apps installed on the phone.
In some cases, a phone can be restored only when you pay a so-called “fine” of about $300, using payment services such as Paysafecard or uKash that are incredibly difficult to trace. Thankfully, there is no evidence that the malware encrypts any files on a phone’s storage.
Today Google announced it is expanding its “verify apps” scanning technology, allowing the service to continuously scan for malware.
According to a new report, Google is preparing to roll out a new version of Play Services that includes a change to Verify Apps, letting them check apps continuously for the presence of malware.
On surface Armor for Android seems like a legitimate security app but once you dig a little deeper you discover that it just wants your money, $550 worth!
Have the days passed when only downloading from Google Play was enough to stay safe? New details have been released about a new piece of Windows malware that tries to infect Android devices when they are plugged into a compromised PC.
You need to beware of mobile scareware ads which say your phone has a virus. This week one of the Android Authority team saw an antivirus scareware ad on his phone and was able to capture a couple of very useful screenshots.
In a recent end of year summary published by antivirus company Kaspersky Labs, the firm officially named Obad, a sophisticated Trojan that can be distributed via mobile botnets, as its Android Villain of the Year 2013.
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