Monday, June 10, 2013

Caught the most advanced virus for Android - BBC News

computer security experts found the most technically sophisticated virus for Android mobile operating system ever created. “Kaspersky Lab”, the first to announce the discovery of a Trojan, identified it as Backdoor.AndroidOS.Obad.a.

to enter the smartphone, Obad.a uses two previously unknown vulnerabilities in the platform of Google. One of them is the component DEX2JAR, and the other is associated with the file AndroidManifest.xml. Thus “worm” are not removed from the system usual manner as it is not shown in the list of programs that have the administrative rights. In addition, Obad.a no interface, and turns it into the background, making it very difficult to detect, even for experts.

to the “LC” stressed that looks more like a Trojan virus for Windows – so promoted its code. Once on Android, it sends SMS to premium numbers, downloading malware from the Internet and transfer them to other devices via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, as well as execute commands coming from a remote server.

also Obad.a sends “command center” all the important information about the smartphone: phone numbers, MAC-addresses of the connected Bluetooth-enabled devices, local time, the name of the service operator, the state of balance, IMEI-ID, etc. The appearance is so “smart” Trojan suggests that viruses for Android will become more and more complex, according to the “LC”.

Obad.a distributed via spam messages, in Google Play, apparently it has not. The virus infects only smartphones that have allowed the installation of programs from alternative sources. To disable this feature, go to “Settings” ? “Security” and clear the box next to “Unknown sources”. To learn how you can still protect Android – read our review.

Source: Securelist

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