Millions of Russians infected with a dangerous virus smartphone
millions of smartphones people in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan and other CIS countries have been infected by a virus called BadNews. Such data are the company Lookout Mobile Security, which specializes in the development of security products for mobile devices. The virus was detected in 32 separate applications available for download on Google Play.
It is reported that BadNews stealing users money by sending messages to short numbers. The virus does not manifest itself in the smartphone most users for weeks. The exact number of potential victims BadNews difficult to assess, however, according to Lookout Mobile Security, we are talking about 2 million -.. 9 million devices that are infected apps on Google Play installed. Basically, this program of research recipes, wallpapers, games and programs with adult content, issued by four independent developers.
Google has suspended their accounts and delete the infected program from the online store. Official comments from Google has yet been received. BadNews hides its true nature, disguised as an innocent advertising network, offering download other applications that are also infected. Masquerade ends when BadNews receives a command from one of the three servers. The program then starts the installation AlphaSMS malware. It empties by sending messages to short numbers. BadNews is misleading, setting AlphaSMS under the guise of necessary service pack for Skype. According to representatives of Lookout Mobile Security, BadNews presence among a variety of popular applications unsuspecting developers nothing due to their desire to monetize their software. The company in this regard warned developers not to include third-party code into their programs.