Australian Android users are warned not to download mobile apps from third party app stores following reports of malware known as ‘Agent Smith’ infecting 25 million Android devices globally
Android devices are infected when the user installs an app, often a game app from a third-party site, which contains this malicious software (malware).
The ‘Agent Smith’ malware then searches an infected device for other apps it can feed on, replacing them with malicious, cloned versions without the user’s knowledge.
‘Agent Smith’ can replicate mobile apps like WhatsApp, web browser Opera and virtual keyboard SwiftKey.
Through the replicated apps, ‘Agent Smith’ displays fake advertisements that are used by cybercriminals to steal your money or personal information. By impersonating existing apps on a user’s device – and leveraging the permissions a user has granted to the real apps – cybercriminals could also hijack sensitive information like your banking password or other online logins
Keep your devices and apps updated with the latest software whenever updates are available – and set updates to install automatically wherever possible