Hi, Friends, Today we will be discussing the dangerous Android malware/Adware 🔥Agent Smith🔥 . A current trend of Android malware has infected 25 million devices and modified genuine apps with a malicious ads module, according to a report by the security company CheckPoint.
Malware is something that affects all platforms, be that smartphones, tablets, and desktops. We should avoid using infected mobile apps, websites, software, and don’t ever download the cracked game, software, scripts, apps. This may contain the 'Malware' which is really dangerous to one's privacy and the data. But now we can see that the original apps and games are infected by 'Malware'. Malware is any software intentionally designed to cause damage to a computer, server, client, or computer network.
It's considered the malware originated from a Chinese internet company that helps Chinese Android developers to publish and promote their apps in international markets. The malware was hidden as Google-related updaters and "vending modules," which dropped its own app icons and automatically substituted already-installed legitimate apps with its own version without the user understanding. This leads the researchers to name the malware "Agent Smith" because its function is related to the character in the film The Matrix of the same name.
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We have seen What is 🔥‘Agent Smith’🔥? And sure you have just had an overview of it. So, now we will see how ‘Agent Smith’ works. From the below pic of ‘Agent Smith’ malware working, we can clearly figure out that:
Working of 'Agent Smith' malware Usually, covers itself in sex-related apps, photography apps, and games. As soon as the app is installed on the phone, Agent Smith malware makes full use of permissions users of the phone have freely given. It is well settled that users often accept all permissions while installing an app without even checking.
The malware first appeared in famous third-party app store 9Apps and targeted mostly Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi users. Though, of the 25 million affected devices, 303,000 infections were detected in the US, and 137,000 in the UK. The apps that have been infected by this malicious malware include the most popular and most downloaded apps like WhatsApp, Flipkart, Opera Mini Browser, as well as some of the software from Lenovo and Swiftkeys.
The malware scans the app installed on infected smartphones and the malware patch the apps with the malicious ad code modules and re-install it on users’ devices without knowing the user. For the user, it looks ordinary app but it has been infected by the ‘Agent Smith’ malware. Once the re-install and update have completed the malware owner starts earning by showing/displaying ads on the most used and popular app. Check Point assumes the same malware could also be used for more malicious intentions such as credit card theft, with the organization report declaring, "due to [the malware's] capacity to hide its icon from the launcher and represents any popular existing apps on a device, there are infinite opportunities for this sort of malware to harm a user's device."
Check Point has cleared that it has informed Google about its research on ‘Agent Smith’. Google has subsequently cleaned the Play store to delete the apps that had been infected🙂. While Check Point notes that no malicious apps live Google Play Store, it is really possible that your Android phone may still host this malware.😔If you are seeing too many ads on your phone, especially shabby or suspicious in nature. Which had been never before then it nearly confirmed it is infected.😔
As I said before, We should avoid using infected mobile apps, websites, software, and don’t ever download the cracked game, software, scripts, apps. This may contain the ‘Malware’ which is really dangerous to one's privacy and the data and avoid downloading from third-party stores such as 9Apps.
If you checked and confirmed that your device is had been infected.Then follow this steps :-
Although Google has deleted the Infected app from Google Playstore we should check we have this app installed on Android device and make sure you have deleted❌ these.
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