Lollipop or earlier are allegedly susceptible to this threat.
numerous functions like spying on a smartphone user. The malware code
is ANDROIDOS_GODLESS.HRX and it is hidden within applications that can
be found on various app stores, including the Google Play Store. If an
Andriod user downloads an app with Godless malware, malware will begin
rooting the device once the screen has turned off. Once it has root
access, it can corrupt the device with unwanted software.
Trend Micro reports, particularly in developing markets like India where there
are many third party app stores that provide local applications. These
app stores may not be sanctioned or controlled by Google and therefore
have less stringent security protocols.
Google has more control over the applications that show up in its app
stores are less susceptible to Godless; however, the threat is still
imminent for any device running Android 5.1 or before. Trend Micro notes
that an app called Summer Flashlight was recently removed from the Google Play Store for containing Godless code.
Almost Half Of India Affected By #Godless #Android #Malware – https://t.co/hC07Jl36nH #MobileSecurity pic.twitter.com/Knp4Gm1MpQ
— TechTree.com (@TechTree) June 23, 2016
run the latest software, Android 6.0 Marshmallow which has less chances
of being infected by this malware, meaning 90 percent of
smartphones running the Google software are running at least Android
New GODLESS Mobile #Malware Uses Multiple Exploits to Root @Android Devices (~90% at risk!): https://t.co/XbVpy8v8XL pic.twitter.com/Q2w48NeiHD
— AlienVault (@alienvault) June 23, 2016
Precautions | Things You Can Do To Prevent Godless Malware for now:
- Don’t download apps outside of the Google Play Store.
- Don’t update apps outside of the Google Play Store — this is a violation of Google’s terms and services.
- Only download apps from trusted developers.
- Research about
new developers before downloading their apps. Read reviews of their
apps. Do a quick Google search. Reddit or XDA Developers may also be a
good resource to find out more information about up and coming
- Use a mobile Antivirus software. There are many paid and free options including Trend Micro Mobile Security , 360 Security – Antivirus Boost and AndroHelm Mobile Security . There are many others.
- Update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow if you can.
- If you are in the market in the search of a new phone, consider the one running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or at least updatable to it.