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25 Million Android Phones got infected with ‘Agent Smith’ malware

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Checkpoint security scientists have found that fresh Android malware, dubbed’ Agent Smith,’ infesting 25 million phones globally. Most of the victims are based in India, where as many as 15 million have been infected. But in the U.S., there are more than 300,000, with another 137,000 in the U.K., making this one of the most severe threats to Google’s operating system in the recent memory.

Hidden in a multitude of applications, the malware is most commonly spread through third-party shops, particularly 9Apps, whose main audience is Hindi, Arabic, Russian, Indonesian speakers, with about 137,000 UK-speaking diseases. It targets a vulnerability that affects older, unpatched versions of Android and makes cash for its creators by inserting their advertisements into other applications, preventing many from updating the process.

The U.S. government claims it will explore the upcoming digital tax in France to “determine whether it is discriminatory or unreasonable and burdens or restricts U.S. trade”. Such inquiries into “Section 301” have earlier paved the payment of punitive trade tariffs on nations that lift the ire of the U.S. 

The digital tax, which is expected to enter into French legislation today, will place a 3% levy on income earned in France by digital tech multinationals like Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple, which routes their European earnings through low-tax nations like Luxembourg and Ireland.

On Wednesday Cybersecurity scientists advised that as many as 25 million Android devices have been struck with malware that replaces installed applications like WhatsApp with malicious variants that serve up ads.

So what would anxious Android owners do in this heated situation? All they need to first, go to settings option for Android. Next, look for suspect apps with names like Google Updater, Google Installer for U, Google Powers, and Google Installer. Click and uninstall the suspected requests if anything like that arises.

Otherwise, it may assist to stay away from informal Android app stores, given Google’s additional protections intended to avoid malware from getting on the site.

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