Experts of antivirus company Lookout sounded the alarm: on Android discovered a new species of viruses that once infected smartphone is very difficult to remove. This was reported in the official blog Lookout.
The researchers found about 20 thousand. Infected programs by dividing them into three “families”, depending on the method of infection, – Shedun, Shuanet and ShiftyBug. Malware disguised as popular Android-applications such as Twitter, WhatsApp, Candy Crush, Facebook, Google Now, and many others. Immediately after the user downloads the app on your phone automatically activates the exploit. The virus gets root-access to the Android and modifies the system files – then it becomes impossible to withdraw from the system, even a factory reset. Since then, the victim will be forced to tolerate non-tripping advertisements.
It is reported that infections Shedun, Shuanet and ShiftyBug have been identified in Russia, USA, Germany, Iran, India, Jamaica, Sudan, Brazil, Mexico and Indonesia. By the way, annoying ads – it’s not the biggest problem: viruses, among other things break the mechanism of protection of Android, which allows them to gain access to keys, passwords, and other critical data stored on your phone. However, experts have found a curious pattern: the codes of the three malicious programs are identical for about 70-80%, and this may reflect the fact that their creation could be one and the same team of hackers.
Now, the saddest. If your smartphone has appeared infected by one of these viruses, you will, according to experts Lookout, will have to throw it in the trash and buy a new one. Of course, it does not hurt to seek help from a qualified technician, only, according to experts Lookout, it is unlikely to be of any help. However, by using certain third-party software can solve this problem, but it needs to have the appropriate skills.
In order to sort happened, should follow one simple rule: Under no circumstances should you download applications from third-party services – the study showed that it is the only way to spread the modified software. But the official Google Play at the moment is beyond suspicion.
If you notice a mistake – select it with the mouse and press CTRL + ENTER.