There's a new Android bug going around that's been found in more than 20 countries so far. It infects phones via supposedly legitimate apps that have the malware packaged with them and bombs Android devices with advertisements.
The malware is called Kemoge, and researchers at FireEye, a cybersecurity firm, say it's "possibly written by Chinese developers or controlled by Chinese hackers." The apps they come on are real, but Kemoge has been added on to them.
According to FireEye, these are the apps they've discovered are infected with Kemoge: 2048kg, Assistive Touch, Calculator, Easy Locker, Kiss Browser, Light Browser, Privacy Lock, Sex Cademy, Smart Touch, Shareit, Talking Tom 3 and WiFi Enhancer. And the researchers discovered that the malware doesn't just throw unwanted ads at your phone; it allows an attacker to completely take over your device.
The infected apps have one thing in common - they were downloaded from third-party app stores instead of the Google Play Store. Google checks the apps in the official store for malware and viruses and keeps them out, but other app sites don't have this type of security.
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