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'System Update' Android Malware

Posted: March 29, 2021

Malware developers are once again targeting the most popular mobile operating system, Android. The threat used this time seems to disguise its presence on infected devices by adopting the name 'System Update,' as well as by hiding its icons and components from all visible menus. While the 'System Update' Android Malware works in the background, it has the ability to perform a wide range of tasks such as collect data and images, intercept text messages, access the microphone and phone services, grab WhatsApp messages and more.

The criminals behind this campaign are spreading it online via 3rd-party application stores and websites, but it has never been hosted on the official Google Play Store. This is one of the reasons why Android users are advised to never download software from non-verified websites and application stores. Of course, cybercriminals may sometimes bypass the security features of the Google Play Store and plant threatening applications on it – this is why you should also invest in reputable Android anti-virus software to further protect your device from threatening applications.

The full list of the 'System Update' Android Malware's features also includes:

  • Searching the internal storage and memory card for specific file formats to collect.
  • Collecting search history and bookmarks from popular Web browsers.
  • Hijacking clipboard data.
  • Collecting contacts.
  • Listing all installed applications.
  • Taking pictures and videos through both phone cameras.

Users are unlikely to notice anything out of the ordinary while this threatening malware family is active on their phone. Since malware of this sort can stay hidden for long periods, the best way to prevent its attacks is to invest in reputable Android anti-virus software.

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