Mobile Security alert for Android devices users


ESET Security, an internet security solutions provider have discovered a notorious new application that is targeting android operating system based devices. As per the report offered by the researchers of ESET, the dreaded app has the potential to download additional malware to damage or disable devices and computer systems.

Dubbed as the Android/TrojanDownloader.Agent.JI the app can be distributed via adobe flash updates and phishing campaigns.

As soon as the malware infects the system, it creates a Fake “Battery Saving” service option on the infected device loaded with Android OS and asks the victim to grant it crucial permissions within Android’s accessibility functions. And as soon as the victim grants the permissions, the malware starts monitoring the activities of the user and starts streaming it to a remote hacker. The hacker can then start mimicking the actions on the screen of the victim and take control of the entire device. If necessary, the remote hacker can also install ransomware and ask the victim for a ransom to unlock the files.

Lukas Stefanko, the malware researcher from cyber security firm ESET said that the Trojan was built to download an extra Trojan which is designed for siphoning funds from the bank accounts.

Stefano added that the key indicator of malware presence is the presence of a ‘saving battery’ option among services in the accessibility menu in an Android Phone.

And the only way to deal with the situation is to manually uninstall the app by going to settings and then application manager and finally removal of flash player or use reputable mobile security software to remove the malware.

The malware developers have so far targeted Android users from US, UK, Canada and some parts of Australia.

NOTE- ESET is a company which is a pioneer in offering antivirus solutions and creating award winning threat detection software. The company intends to offer technology which can help create a secure digital world. ESET’s prime objective is to curb cyber crime and help users in experiencing safe and secure web browsing.

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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