New Android malware infects 25 million devices
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The malware exploits known Android vulnerabilities and automatically replaces installed apps with malicious versions without users’ knowledge or interaction. -
Dubbed “Agent Smith”, the malware currently uses its broad access to the devices’ resources to show fraudulent ads. -
“Agent Smith” was originally downloaded from the widely-used third party app store, 9Apps and targeted mostly Hindi, Arabic, Russian, Indonesian speaking users. -
The malware hacks apps and forces them to display more ads or takes credit for the ads they already display. -
Check Point says a key vulnerability that Agent Smith relies on was patched several years ago in Android. -
There are about 15 million infections in India -
There are about 300,000 infections in the United States. -
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