When it comes to mobile malware, Android is a magnet of epic proportions. More examples of this unfortunate reality surfaced this week.
Android malware deceptively disguised as a mobile ad network is on the loose and infecting millions of mobile devices.
According to Lookout Mobile Security, the new threat is called BadNews, a recent entry into the malware family. So far, it’s been found in 32 apps across four different developer accounts in Google Play.
Google Play statistics show that the combined affected applications have been downloaded between 2,000,000 – 9,000,000 times.
“We notified Google and they promptly removed all apps and suspended the associated developer accounts pending further investigation,” the security watchdog says. “All Lookout users are protected against this threat.”
Badnews has the ability to send fake news messages, prompt users to install applications and sends sensitive information such as the phone number and device ID to its Command and Control (C&C) server. BadNews uses its ability to display fake news messages in order to push out other types of monetization malware and promote affiliated apps.
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