A new CopyCat malware has greatly affected more than 14 million devices running on Android OS. The virus has helped hackers to gain around $1.5 million from fake ads. The news comes from Check Point, is a Israel company which provides security software.
CopyCat virus has spread rapidly through various apps which included this malware. The report claims that the malware did not come from the Google Play Store apps but through third-party app stores and phishing attacks. The Android devices which were ruptured by this virus basically belong to Southeast Asian countries and more than 8 million devices were rooted last year.
CopyCat virus is an adware which acquires money through fraudulent ads. Once the malware hits your device then it can take control of your entire device. Once the CopyCat virus infects your device it will interrupt the functioning of Zygote app launch process which in turn receive the payments using the fake ID.
It is not yet known who is the main culprit behind this malware, however, some claims point out to the MobiSummer which is Chinese ad network. The virus uses acquires credits when the user uses to charge for installing the app.
Many users think that this CopyCat virus only affects the individual device but it can infect your businesses also. Google has already enhanced its security to protect all the Android devices including the one running on older Android versions. If this virus affects the business data then all the private data would be ruptured.
The CopyCat virus has taken the advantage of security issue which had targeted the Android Version 5 and the older version. Google has acknowledged this issue and worked towards it due to which the number of infected devices has been lowered. Hence the Android users who are working on older Android versions and downloading of third-party apps on such device can make them easily accessible to the malware.
Daniel is acting editor of Talk Herald with over two years of experience in the field of online news under his belt. Daniel has worked with multiple media houses and is currently leading a team of journalists, sub-editors, and writers through his entrepreneurial endeavors.
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