Android-users in more than 20 countries have been infected with a particularly aggressive program that is harmful to the system via unsolicited advertising. Researchers from FireEye found that malicious component «Kemoge» was established in the official application available in stores third-party developers.
« This is another malicious component that may have been written by Chinese developers, and thus controlled by them. Globally, the situation is a serious threat », – writes Yulong Zhang, researcher FireEye.
Zhang also listed some applications that are affected by the infestation. Among them Assistive Touch, Calculator, Kiss Browser, Smart Touch, Shareit, Privacy Lock, Easy Locker, 2048kg, Talking Tom 3, WiFi Enhancer and Light Browser.
Kemoge not only displays ads, but transmits data device that provides attackers full control the system. All data are stored on a remote server.
Despite the fact that Google is trying to check the downloaded applications on the subject of damage, however, is to achieve full control in the Play Store is not obtained. In addition, the company warns users get round the sites of third-party developers, because, basically, it is on these platforms appear unwanted programs.
« We have notified Google about this threat » , – says Zhang. However, while the program is still active and pose a threat to non-infected devices.
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