From Android 1.5 Cupcake to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Androids are everywhere. People are crazy for android devices. Almost every day new android devices are being launched. With the growing popularity of these gadgets, the Android malwares are also growing rapidly. As per SophosLabs, volume of malware that they have discovered highlights that mobile security is a real and growing problem, especially on Android devices. Recently, Sophos generated a list of the top five Android Malwares that are found most frequently in the androids. These malwares have been briefed out here.
Android/PJApps-C is a Trojan that collects sensitive information and posts them to a certain website. It has backdoor feature that executes command from C&C server. This malware requires the user to intentionally install it on the device. As always, users should never install unidentified or untrusted software. This is true especially for illegal software, for instance – cracked applications. These types of applications are a favorite vector for malware infection. This malware has been emphasized by Sophos Mobile Security app for Android. Most commonly these are apps that are paid ones and have been hacked. It is not necessary that these are always malicious, but are illegal usually.
One of the major problems with Smartphones and Tablets is of the battery life. Generally, this malware catches the attention of the user by promising the user to extend the battery life of the device. Once this malware is downloaded on the device, it sends potentially identifiable information to a server using HTTP and at the same time, it assertively displays advertisements.
This malware is very dangerous as it can cause damage to not only the device but also to the public image of a user. It can hack the password for all the websites, which are being visited frequently. It allows the hackers to hijack Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin sessions in a wireless network environment.
It is also known as BaseBridge. This malware is very dangerous as it can escalate the privileges of the user and set up additional harmful programs onto the Android system. Many a times, it gets connected to some server and transports the data from the mobile to servers. The information that is being moved from the device to server can be personal information as well. It can also send and read messages from mobile, potentially costing your money. In fact, it can scan the incoming SMS messages and automatically remove warnings of being charged a fee for using premium rate services it has signed up for.
Sophos Cellular Protection generically locates a variety of family members of harmful programs as Andr/Generic-S. These vary from privilege escalation uses to aggressive malwares such as variations of the Android Plankton viruses. Downloading an application with this malware allows the private and important data to be moved to the server and apart from that the user will also see lots of advertisements on the screen. This makes it complicated to view things on the screen.
According to Sophos, some of the other most common Android viruses include Andr/DroidRt-A, which is a set of privilege escalation exploits that may allow someone to get main access to an Android system. Also, a bogus Safari app Andr/Opfake-C, may set up other damaging Android offers and deliver SMS details to a top quality line variety, as per the country. Andr/Boxer-A, which is similar to Andr/Opfake-C creates as a bogus specialist for a Safari web browser upgrade, anti-virus software, Skype, Instagram and many other well-known programs.
People are crazy to have Android but there are certain side effects attached to it. So, users should download things that are available only from a trustworthy company. Malwares may cause various problems like that of ruining the device, hacking password of social networking sites and bank accounts, so it is better to take precaution rather than regret later.