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Employees of the company Check Point have discovered malware that has infected almost 25 million Android smartphones worldwide. About it reported in a press release received by the editors”.ru”.
The malware was named “Agent Smith”. The virus exploited known security gaps of the system and replace the already installed apps from their infected duplicates. This is not visible to users.
At present this software is used by cyber criminals for displaying advertisements. However, experts have found that hackers can also use it for eavesdropping or data theft.
A major resource for the dissemination of the program became known unofficial app store 9Apps. Most of the affected against the virus users are from India. Also a considerable number of victims located in the United States, Australia and the UK.
Experts in the field of cybersecurity has come to the conclusion that the main target was the users who speak Russian, Arabic and Hindi. They advised to only use trusted app stores.
At the end of June it was reported that in 2016 and to this day the hackers by using embedded in the official Android app code spy on smartphone owners.
Video, photo All from Russia.