New research from a security company called Check Point has revealed that around 25 million Android phones globally are said to have attacked by malware for apps like WhatsApp and a few others. According to the research team at Check Point, it is believed that a malware, which was monikered as Agent Smith by researchers at the security firm is said to have infected 25 Million Android phones all over. Out of which, the most affected users are said to be from India with 15 Million users, followed by the US with more than 300,000 users and in the UK with 137,000 users too and is said to be one of the significant threat for Android in the recent past.
The report further reveals that this Agent Smith malware would find the loopholes in Google’s Android System and makes its way to the installed apps such as WhatsApp and replaces the original installed WhatsApp from Google Play store with the malware’s weaponized app, which showcases ads, claims the report. Since the malware hides as a code under the original Android app and further hides the icon from the App Launcher on Android, it is believed to cause more harm rather than just displaying unwanted ads for the users.
For instance, with all granted permissions from the originally installed apps, the Agent Smith malware could possibly attack Android users’ respective banking apps, shopping apps, and other security-related sensitive apps as well. With this new malware, the user could perhaps not recognize whether the app which he/she is using is affected or not as it is supposedly hidden under the original app code.
The malware could have been spread through a third-party app store like 9apps.com, which is said to have owned by China’s Alibaba, the report added. Furthermore, to take this forward, the researchers at Check Point are said to have reported to Google along with the law enforcement agencies about this new Agent Smith malware. As of now, Google has commented regarding this malware yet. Stay connected to PhoneRadar for more such interesting updates.