After testing on more than 5000 Android devices viz smartphones and tablets, an American based mobile security company, Sophos Labs detected top 5 Android malwares. In this post, we keep you informed about these malwares and what you can do to avoid them from infecting your device.
This malware is most commonly found in cracked applications. It results into hacking your Android devices and to supply your confidential data to some other sources. This malware is more dangerous because if you store your confidential data like credit cards detalis, bank account details, password and any such details, will be likely to revealed. This type of malwares are commonly found in paid applications which are cracked!
This malware is also known as BaseBridge, by using HTTP to communicate with a central server and identifies confidential information and installs additional malicious apps onto your Android device. This malware can easily read your SMSes and have an ability to send which will surely cost you huge amount of money because it sends an international SMSes. This malware has an ability to remove the warning for which showed on sending premium SMS. It can also scan your incoming SMSes and reveals your all data from your inbox and out box and sent folders.
This is the most commonly used in the public mind for battery saving application, “Battery Doctor”. It falsely claims to save battery life on your Android device. But it actually sends potentially identifiable information to a server using HTTP, and displays adverts.
This Andr/Generic-Screenshot_2012 is an adware. Unlike Android Plankton malware, it also reveals your confidential data by adwares. It shows aggressive adverts.
This malware is like desktop tool can allow malicious hackers to hijack Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin sessions in a wireless network environment (if you remember firesheep). Andr/DrSheep-A is the same such malware.
Some of the other most commonly-seen Android malware according to Sophos labs are Andr/DroidRt-A which is a set of privilege escalation exploits that can allow someone to obtain root access to an Android device. Also, there is one Andr/Opfake-C which is a fake Opera app which may install other malicious Android packages and send SMS messages to a premium line number, depending on country. This malware posses an ability to install fake Opera browser update, anti virus, instagram and many more updates. By this way it installs additional malicious packages and harms your Android devices.
Symantac, the giant security company has also confirmed this malware to Android.
This article is in the knowledge of the general public and may lead to useful and save their Android devices.
Now here are some tips that helps you to keep away your Android device from malwares.
Always check application permission : for instance, if you are installing an application which is a game and asking for a permission to look up into your contacts, is ridiculous. A game doesn’t requires to peep into contacts. If this type of un appropriate permission is required to install then don’t install such application, because it may reveal your confidential data.
Avoid direct apk file installation from any site you get it. Because you don’t know what’s in the apk file contains! So avoid this type of installation.
Some of Antivirus application is too a malware! So only trust the application that you know well and you trust the developers.
Here are some of the names of the application that are possibly infected by malwares:-
Advanced Currency Converter
Falling Ball Dodge
Hilton Sex Sound
Hot Sexy Videos
Screaming Sexy Japanese Girls
Super Guitar Solo
Super History Eraser
Super Ringtone Maker
Super Sex Positions
If you take little care of your device it will help you to have your device free from malwares and viruses.