A lethal Trojan virus code named ‘Android/SMS Send’ has been making its way through the Android community. The Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In), an agency that combats hacking, phishing and security-related problems in the Indian Internet domain, has warned that the Android virus works by infecting personal information inside smartphones. The virus works through the contacts in the infected phone and spreads itself by sending anonymous messages without the owner’s knowledge.
About the Virus
The cyber security group put a special note about the SMS Send virus into its latest list of recommendations. So far, four different versions of the Android/SMS have been found affecting Android phones. The malware arrives bundled with legitimate Android applications. Once it infects a phone, the virus compromises a phone’s IMEI number, device id, and device type. Android/SMS Send invades the phone to steal pictures and passwords. It accesses text messages, steals contact information on the phone, and tracks the location of users. The virus has been able to crash complete systems and steal personal banking information when a user logs in. As if that weren’t enough, the virus protects itself by disabling protections already placed on the phone and installing other types of spyware.
The malware is made by making alterations to code found in generally downloaded applications and redistributing through other applications. CERT-In has urged Android users to use protective measures against the virus. Android owners should only download or install applications from reputable sources. Users should always check the permissions required by an application before installing and run a full system scan on their phones with an anti-virus or security solution. Make sure to install updates and patches for your phone as well as using device encryption.
Other helpful counter-measures
Always check app ratings and customer feedback before downloading. Beware of applications that only have positive feedback or have lots of positive feedback posted on the same date. Don’t respond to automated voice messages from unknown numbers. Above all, try to use secured Wi-Fi networks, as unsecured networks may compromise the security of your device.