I've been telling you recently how hackers are starting to target our mobile smartphones and tablets more and more these days. And that's really no surprise. Because we do so much on our gadgets, from banking to email, smartphones and tablets are a goldmine for hackers intent on ripping you off.
Now, security researcher AVG has just spotted a new mobile gadget virus. But because of the new way it works, it is really tricky. You might shut down your Android device without a second thought, and the hackers who built this malware are looking to take advantage of that.
The latest malware, dubbed Android/PowerOffHijack.A, makes your phone's screen appear as if it's shutting off. In actuality, your phone is still on. AVG has revealed that the virus only affects devices running Android 5.0 and below.
Android/PowerOffHijack.A requires "root" permission to act. This means that if you download the app, it will ask you for full-access permission to your phone.
On the plus side, this app is only distributed through third-party, Chinese app stores. What's scary about it is the fact that it's already infected 10,000 phones that download apps from these sites.
When you shut down your phone, you'll see an authentic shut-down animation. After tricking you, the app proceeds to send messages to everyone on your contact list, in an attempt to spread itself.
It can also try to record your voice calls and then transmit them to a private server while you think that your phone is shut off.
More and more viruses like Android/PowerOffHijack.A are spreading. If you want to find out how to protect yourself, then check out this helpful tip.