1. SteveISU's Avatar
    "Auto-rooting adware is a worrying development in the Android ecosystem in which malware roots the device automatically after the user installs it, embeds itself as a system application, and becomes nearly impossible to remove. Adware, which has traditionally been used to aggressively push ads, is now becoming trojanized and sophisticated. This is a new trend for adware and an alarming one at that.​

    Lookout has detected over 20,000 samples of this type of trojanized adware masquerading as legitimate top applications, including Candy Crush, Facebook, GoogleNow, NYTimes, Okta, Snapchat, Twitter, WhatsApp, and many others."

    11-06-2015 04:15 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Yeah, this is worrisome. All the more reason to avoid 3rd party appstores or shadier filesharing sites, and stick with Google Play Store or Amazon Underground.
    11-06-2015 04:20 PM
  3. SteveISU's Avatar
    I know there are a lot of impatient people who will side load an app if the don't get the latest the minute it comes out. Hopefully this will make them think twice.
    11-06-2015 05:11 PM
  4. LeoRex's Avatar
    Why do you think Google's been making it harder and harder to root? In 4.X, you could root your phone with a simple one-click app... which was a HUGE security hole that I am sure is being exploited here. When 5.0 was released and Nexus owners found out that a modified kernel was required for root, people took that as Google being hostile to users wanting admin access. I saw it differently... this reduces the chances of a malicious application weaseling its way into your system partition.

    And with 6.0, things got even tighter.... root access does not guarantee read/write access to the system partition.

    I'm just taking a stab at this, but I think that the devices being infected here are mostly Kitkat or older (well, any 5.0+ were probably already rooted to start with)
    B. Diddy likes this.
    11-07-2015 10:46 PM

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