Smartphones with the Android operating system are vulnerable to malware. Here are ten dangerous malware that can attack Android phones.
- Driod Kungfu. first reportedly appeared in 2011. This virus has a kind of backdoor to avoid the Android antivirus which is also known as the behavior of Trojans. Gizmoshub writes that this malware was first discovered by US researchers and reportedly aims to collect some data and information from a mobile device
- Svpeng. Initially, Svpeng is an Android ransomware that acts to deceive targets by blocking mobile phones and displaying messages that ask for money for criminal acts. Securelist explained another way the virus was to deceive the target, namely by displaying an announcement from a fake FBI to request a ‘fine’.
- Agent Smith, is a malware that has recently been recognized and has entered into 25 million Android devices. Most of the victims of this malware are found in the South Asian region. Reporting from ZDNet, this malware exploits vulnerabilities from within the Android operating system, and replaces applications that have been installed with malicious fake applications automatically without the user being aware.WhatsApp and Opera Mini are examples of some applications that are exploited by malware, and can steal personal information from messages contained on mobile phones to bank information.
- CopyCat, Android malware called CopyCat has infected more than 14 million devices in 2017. Google is trying to block CopyCat by updating Play Protect, but millions of users are infected with the malware through third-party application downloads and are subject to phishing (deception by obtaining personal data and information).This malware can also replace the Referrer ID in the user’s application with their own ID, so that every ad that appears in the application will send the application to the hacker instead of the application maker.
- Gooligan, There are more than one million Android devices infected with malware called Gooligan. This malware can endanger data from Google accounts and give hackers access to Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, Google Play, Google Drive, and other users’ Google applications.This malware captures email account information and authentication tokens to access Google accounts. Attackers use these tokens to install certain applications from Google Play on infected devices to increase ad revenue on the application.
- HummingBad, attacks Android devices with drive-by-download. The Guardian reveals malware trying to gain access to the Android system by using root access. If this fails, this malware will deceive the user by giving fake update notifications.HummingBad can take over Android phones by stealing and selling user information, from email accounts to user bank information.
- Mazar malware ,can get administrator rights to a cell phone and allow the malware to make calls or read messages. Users will get a message spam via SMS that contains a link to a dangerous APK. If a user clicks on the link, they will automatically download the APK file on their Android. From the APK file, users will download new applications that have MMS names and messages.
- Invisible Man, This malware acts as a fake Flash Player application and can install dangerous programs. This program works as a key-logger and collects user information data such as in a bank account, reads messages, and makes and hears users’ phone calls.