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Malware attack targets thousands of Android smartphones and tablets

Malware attack targets thousands of Android smartphones and tablets
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If you own an Android smartphone or tablet, listen up!

A series of malicious apps have been found in the Google Play store. The malware attacks currently target mobile devices in Russia, but are beginning to spread globally. Which means Android users everywhere could be at risk.

Malicious activity is not detectable when the apps are first downloaded. Rather, unwanted advertisements that redirect users to dangerous webpages begin popping up after six hours, then download threats and viruses to the device. But that's not the worst part.

These webpages are designed with deception in mind. “One application loads a web view with content from different sources that could offer some value to the victim, gaining some credibility with users," wrote malware researcher Fernando Ruiz. “To appear legitimate, this threat does not immediately execute the malicious payload.”

You could be downloading threats directly to your devices and have no clue. So, be extremely careful before downloading anything. These apps appear to be harmless health care, sports, food, and gaming apps, but are carrying malicious code. The apps have affected as many as 5,000 devices.

The infected apps have already been removed from the Google Play Store, malware has also been found in other application marketplaces. That's why it's really important that you have strong security software installed on your smartphones, tablets, laptops and computers.

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Source: SC Magazine
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