Android virus installs adult apps without user’s approval

Android’s popularity prompts hackers to launch Android viruses

Currently, Android has the largest mobile market – over 60% of all mobile users. With that said, we should remind you that the bigger the market is, the more it attracts unwanted attention from malware developers. So, the malware experts were not at all surprised by the rise of the Android virus.

For the past year, malware on Android OS has been increasing rapidly and counted millions of infected users. Unfortunately, security experts noticed a new wave of these viruses and, it seems, that they are far more active compared to what they were several years ago. Malware developers are constantly searching for security gaps and vulnerabilities which would allow to break into the unsuspecting users’ accounts undetected.

Hackers are aimed at people’s weak spots

2017 has already presented a lot of surprises regarding malware and its development. While ransomware viruses are targeting the world’s economy, malware is increasing general threat levels and introducing new ways of exploiting operating systems.

At the beginning of this year, we started hearing about elaborate attempts of malware execution which employed advanced social engineering techniques. Pop-ups, messages, emails and other forms of online interactions are baiting users into clicking and downloading all sorts of malicious software, bet it virus removal software or system optimization utilities.

You can be sure about one thing — their actual intentions far from what they claim them to be.

In addition, we must say that the evil-minded criminals are well aware of people’s weak spots, too. More and more malware developers decide to disguise their malicious creations under apps featuring adult content. Love Beauty, Sexy Hot, Sexy, Lutu are just a few examples of the applications that carry Android Porno Virus. Such programs can be installed on the victims devices against their will if the Android infection is not tackled in time.

Android ransomware is real

The middle of 2017 brought massive ransomware waves to the PC users. Android malware developers tried similar strategies of exploitation, too. Lockscreen and Android ransomware variants started to emerge causing a lot of stir. They spread in a similar manner to other Android malware, via fake applications and ads.

Finishing the 3rd quarter of the year, we had the biggest threat so far, full out exposure malware called GhostCtrl. It added all the possible options for data theft and Android phone control and is currently under a wide radar of detection. Apps and ads containing pornographic content are the initial suspects we can blame for the Android ransomware boost.

As the year continues, hopefully, the amount of malware is going to decrease, or at the very least, the detection of it is going to be a lot more accurate and the disguised applications will be dealt with much easier.

Ugnius Kiguolis