Warning to all Android users, there is a new malware on the loose. This new bug called “Updt Bot” (pronounced Update Bot) targets Android users with a offer for a system upgrade. The malware app comes in the form of a sms, but is actually a malware which allows the device to be controlled via a remote Command and Control (C & C) server which sends sms, makes phone calls, and downloads and installs app automatically.
The malware is installed in the device when the user clicks on the link given in the text message. The sms the victims receive tells them that their device system is at risk and they should install the latest Android update immediately. What the poor victims do not realize is that is no update it is actually a malicious malware which will really screw up their device. The reason this malware is spreading so fast is that text messages have a very high reading rate, mostly people read each and every text they receive.
When the victim clicks the link, the app gets installed in the device. The malware then contacts the C&C server and awaits for further instructions. The people who are using this malware can do a lot of damage to your device as well as make money. They can make your device call premium rate numbers or sms premium rate services. Their is always another threat that via Updt Bot they can install more malware on viruses in your device which they could do via Trojans. That could be very bad if you do your banking from your device.
NQ Mobile Security Research Center has discovered that more than 160,000 android devices have been infected by Updt Bot. The infected devices are mainly Chinese, So far no reports have been made for the malware to reach Google Play Store or the Amazon App Store yet.
Safety Tips :
1) Only download applications from trusted sources, reputable application stores, and markets, and be sure to check reviews, ratings and developer information before downloading.
2) Before you install an app, carefully review the “permissions” and make sure you’re comfortable with the data they’ll be accessing.
3) Watch out for unusual or suspicious behavior on your mobile devices, such as unauthorized charges to your phone bill, text messages from unknown sources, and decreased battery life.
4) Download up-to-date mobile security software on your mobile device.