Android Malware That Can Physically Damage Phones?
Currency Mining Malware and Your New Android Phone
My dad used to make fun of me for shelling out the extra money for Apple anything, and while iPhone’s are not 100% malware or hacker proof, they are still the safest bet in town.
Reports are circling around town today about a fairly newer piece of malware affecting Android phones. The malware is a cryptocurrency miner that happens to be so aggressive in nature that it can actually cause physical damage to an Android phone.
Once your phone is infected the malware carries out quite a few malicious activities behind the scene such as but certainly not limited to:
Actually participating in DDoS attacks
Sending text messages to any number
Silently subscribing to paid services
And of course
The malware is hidden ever so conveniently inside apps that are distributed through third party markets, browser ads, and sms based spam. The malware is called Trojan.AndroidOS.Loapi but has been given the nickname of “jack of all trades,” by researchers at Kaspersky Lab.
After just two days of testing the malware in a lab researchers found that after it ran all of its dirty little deeds continuously it actually caused the phone’s battery to swell so much that it caused the cover to become deformed.
Of course the mining is not the only issue, then again neither is the swelling batteries one might encounter.
The malware also sends a number of prompts for users to assist it in obtaining admin permissions, once granted those highly sought after permissions the malware makes it pretty difficult for an infected device to install security apps that would otherwise “disinfect” the device.
It will subscribe the device to costly premium services pretty much all day long, sending codes in sms on its own to confirm those costly subscriptions and, whoever is on the other end of the attack, well those guys can use the infected phones to become part of DDoS attacks.
Lastly, it displays a constant stream of ads that annoy users to no end.
Researchers have never seen anything like this before and are unsure of its origins.
The good news is that no one seems to think that users are downloading it from Google Play.
Still the same, I think I’ll stick with my iPhone.
Cristal M Clark