A new Android malware has been discovered by a group of researchers, which can possibly physically damage your phone.
Your phone is physically under threat due to this new Android Malware.
Just last week, Researchers from AdGuard revealed that some prevalent video streaming and ripper sites including openload, Streamango, Rapidvideo, and OnlineVideoConverter hijacks CPU cycles from their over hundreds of millions of visitors for mining Monero cryptocurrency.
Now, researchers from Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab have disclosed a new Android malware lurking in fake anti-virus and porn applications, which is capable of executing an overabundance of disreputable activities—from excavating cryptocurrencies to hurling Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) bouts.
Described as a “jack-of-all-trades” by the researchers, Loapi has a modular architecture that lets it conduct a variety of malicious activities, including mining the Monero cryptocurrency, launching DDoS attacks, bombarding infected users with constant ads, redirecting web traffic, sending text messages, and downloading and installing other apps.
Loapi Destroyed An Android Phone In Just 2 Days
When analyzed A new Android malware, dubbed Loapi, the new Android Trojan can perform so many more malicious activities at a time that can exploit a handset to the extent that within just two days of infection it can cause the phone’s battery to bulge out of its cover.
According to researchers, the Hackers behind Loapi are the same account for the 2015 Android malware Podec. They are dispensing the malware through third-party app stores and online advertisements that pose as apps for “popular antivirus solutions and even a famous porn site.”
A screenshot in the Kaspersky blog suggests that Loapi impersonates as at least 20 variations of adult-content apps and legitimate antivirus software from AVG, Psafe DFNDR, Kaspersky Lab, Norton, Avira, Dr. Web and CM Security, among others.
Upon installation, Loapi forces the user to grant it ‘device administrator’ permissions by looping a pop-up until a victim clicks yes, which gives the malicious app the same power over your smartphone that you have.
This highest level privilege on a device would also make the Loapi malware ideal for user espionage, though this capability is not yet present in the malware, the Kaspersky researchers think this can be included in the future.
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