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New Android malware disguises itself as a system update

A new malware for Android that is in circulation pretends to be an important resource for the system, but in fact it can steal all your data and still remotely control the device. The threat was identified by the digital security company Zimperium, which studied the code and how the coup worked.

It is a spyware capable of making the user release complete control of the device to criminals, spy on all their browsing and allow personal data and files to be accessed without much effort – including bank and social network information or stored photos and videos.

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The malware disguised as a system update app even sends notifications to the victim. Source: Zimperium

The threat is propagated as a system update application and must be installed outside the Google Play Store, in the form of an APK. This makes it difficult for the company to ban it, since the biggest responsibility for the installation rests with the user.

With all the control under the victim, the malware is even careful not to consume too much data when transferring files to draw less attention. It connects to a server from Firebase itself, Google’s app creation platform, to operate more freely on the system.

According to Zimperium, this is one of the most sophisticated Android malware that the company has ever encountered due to the level of complexity of the application and the disguise techniques.

With informations: Tecmundo

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