A new Android malware is re-discovered performing a series of malicious activities, including displaying ads without the user’s knowledge, sending messages to any number, so botnets to subscribe to paid services.
Not only that, this malware is also able to take over the smartphone and use it to mine crypto currency (digital currency).
Terrible, the ability to mine crypto currency is potentially damaging the smartphone physically when it is infected.
Reported on, Wednesday (20/12/2017), malware called Trojan Android OS LOAPI is hidden inside the app that is distributed to third-party application stores, ads in browsers, and SMS that contains spam.
Found by a team of researchers at Kaspersky Lab, malware is dubbed “jack of all trades” is worth being aware for because of its diverse capabilities. For more information you can visit: https://www.softteco.com/services
One of the most prominent abilities, the LOAPI application contains modules that can mine Monero, a new type of digital currency that is less knowing than Bit coin or other digital money.
With this module malware authors can ‘generate’ new coins by sucking electricity and forcing the hardware performance of an infected smartphone.
In a trial conducted by a team of Kaspersky Lab researchers, smartphone battery infected with LOAPI malware for two days until it swells up.
As you know, the last few months there has been a surge in sites and apps that are trying to drain CPU and power to run the digital currency miner’s code.
In some cases, new users know they’ve been ‘used’ by apps or webpages to mine when the device they’re using begins to slow and drains more power than usual.
The LOAPI will send a barrage of requests to the user to gain administrator access. After that, LOAPI will complicate the victim to install security applications to clean the phone from malware.
Malware can also subscribe the phone to premium services and covertly send the code to an SMS message to confirm the request. If you need to know about that virus you can visit : https://www.softteco.com/projects
It also allows hackers to use infected smartphones as ‘accomplices’ in launching DDOS attacks. And this shows a constant stream of ads.
Until this time, there is no indication that the application LOAPI ever appeared on Google Play.
“We’ve never seen malware like this before,” wrote the research team Kaspersky Lab.
They added, “The only thing lacking of this malware ability is the ability to spy on users, but with modular architecture the Trojan is currently only a matter of time.