Beware of this malicious Android system update

Cybersecurity firm Zimperium has uncovered a latest mobile security threat as a critical system update that is actually a sophisticated malware that steals data and conduct espionage on targeted smart phones.

Zimperium zLabs says that the malware has capability of sending images, videos, contacts, messages and documents from the targeted device to remote servers and might also allow the cyber crooks to take control of the android smartphone after few weeks.

Sreedhar Mittal, the CEO of Zimperium said that the attack was devised as a targeted attack that can involve a range of malicious actions after it takes complete control of the device. He added that his company researchers have found that the malware is seen communicating with a Firebase server of the hacker, after which data is siphoned and stored in spyware’s private storage.

Another highlight of this malware is that it also keeps a track of victims bookmarks, search history on Chrome, Firefox and other internet browsers and helps cyber crooks in developing a profile of the targeted hacker.

Meanwhile, in a separate update, Google has made a new announcement about Android Ready Secure Element(SE) Alliance where it offers new Android malware seen its Pixel phones to other OEM’s who manufacture android based devices.

All these days the hardware based security was only available on Titan M Chips of Pixels phones, but the tech giant now wants this exclusive feature to be implemented on other phones and so has extended support of SE tamper resistant hardware to products offered by other manufactures based on Android OS platforms.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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