“The most sophisticated” Android Trojan to date has been discovered


It’s been a while since we’ve seen malware, Android Trojan, or other malicious software reports; not that we missed them! Google is doing it’s best, and a good job at that, to keep malware off of our phones. Some slip through the cracks though. Kaspersky Lab Expert Roman Unuchek brings our attention to what he calls “the most sophisticated” Android Trojan.

Long story short: we’re looking at a multi-functional Android Trojan than can send text messages to premium-rate numbers; download and install other malware programs on its own; share them via Bluetooth; and perform commands in the console. It is now being referred to as Backdoor.AndroidOS.Obad.a.

The Android Trojan, with unique code encryption and obfuscation, relies on a DEX2JAR error. It also takes advantage of two Android OS flaws (one referring to processing of the AndroidManifest.xml file, the other allowing it to gain extended Device Administrator privileges, without being reported as such).

If you want to read more details about this Android Trojan, the code, similarities in comparison with Windows malware, check the source link below. It also tells you that fortunately it is not widespread. Stay safe!

Source: SecureList

Via: PCWorld

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