Android developer Google publishes security updates to its OS on a monthly basis. Then it is redirected to users (with a certain delay) by manufacturers such as Samsung and Xiaomi. Accordingly, push notifications about an update availability are not uncommon. The malicious virus now uses this knowledge to gain access to sensitive user data.
The malware masquerades as an Android system update
Security researchers at Zimbrium Recently he discovered a virus that was particularly depraved in his work. The malware pretends to be a system update and sends the corresponding push notifications – including the official Google logo. At this point, you can already see that something is wrong. Because the push notification announces that the system is currently looking for updates. On the other hand, only real update notifications indicate an update is available.
Once the virus gets into the smartphone, it gives the hackers widespread remote access rights. This enables them to access a large amount of sensitive user data. Aloud Zimbrium These messages include WhatsApp, SMS, browser history, contacts, call logs, bookmarks, and saved files. Additionally, third parties can track your GPS location, start audio recordings and take photos. The damage that third parties could do in this way is enormous. Fortunately, there is an easy way to protect yourself from the virus and its consequences.
This is how you protect yourself
Malware is not provided by Google Play Store. It can only be downloaded from external sources, such as directly from a browser or from a website; This is also their biggest weakness. Because Android provides users with the option to block the installation of unofficial apps. All you have to do is select “Install apps from external sources” in the settings (the wording may vary depending on the manufacturer) and then cancel the authorization for all the listed apps.
This small measure alone should greatly increase your cell phone’s security against other viruses. However, it is always advisable to install antivirus software on a smartphone. Because what many ignore: The modern mobile phone is nothing more than a simple computer. As such, it is also vulnerable and in need of protection.