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New Android malware spreads by SMS, disguised as software update

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New Android malware spreads by SMS, disguised as software update
A new Android malware has surfaced that disguises itself as a system update. The malware, called UpdtBot, has been discovered by the NQ Mobile Security Research Center. UpdtBot spreads though SMS messages. Victims will receive a text containing a link to the threat accompanied by a message that indicates the link is for a needed system upgrade.

Once installed, UpdtBot communicates back to a remote Command and Control server, which then has the ability to send text messages, make phones calls, and download and install additional apps.

NQ Mobile estimates that up to 160,000 devices may already be infected, but is unsure as to how it is being used by those that spread the infection. Their guess is that it is being deployed for use in some sort of moneymaking scheme.

As with most Android threats, and not unlike most PC safety practices, it is important to only download applications from trusted, reputable sources, check reviews and ratings before downloading an app, review the permissions of an app prior to installation, and be aware of any unusual activity on your device. For more information on protecting your Android device from threats, check out our guide – Android malware protection: a guide for the paranoid.

New Android malware spreads by SMS, disguised as software update
New Android malware spreads by SMS, disguised as software update


source: NQ Mobile via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 12 Apr 2012, 08:26 11

1. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


UpdtBot was written by the good EviL folks over at Apple "°•°" …

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 08:44 1

2. ash29 (Posts: 55; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


What android os is really affected by malware?I dnt think so.

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 10:28 6

22. windowsRocks (Posts: 152; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)


Why?? If humans can get infected why not machines???

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 10:30 1

23. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Only spydroid get infected this way

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 08:44 2

3. bloodline (Posts: 693; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Surely this type of malware is not restricted to Android, considering its an SMS.

Can PA confirm before they start bashing android ?

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 09:03 4

7. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


yeah right, think about how iOS/Windows Phone can get infected by bluffing user to click on a link. Fandroid.

Can you confirm before thinking other OS is as unsecure as your spydroid?

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 10:18 1

21. TROLL.IS.AHA (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


iEvil operating System...

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 09:07 9

8. gp284 (Posts: 120; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


How is it bashing Android if they are trying to warn you if there is potential Malware that could corrupt your phone?

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 09:17 2

9. bloodline (Posts: 693; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


not gonna feed the trolls, its bashing android if it effects of OS's - If they can confirm it doesnt effect Win, IOS, Symbian etc.. then fair enough put it as android malware.

If it does effect other OS's then dont label it as android malware

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 09:42 2

15. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


prove it, troll.
Can you even get iOS/Windows phone infected by clicking on a link?

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 22:44

37. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I love when trolls call other people trolls. Do you even have a mind of your own or just what Apple tells you to think? This is why so many people dislike Apple. Their brainwash their fans into bashing every other OS and transform them into ignorant pricks.

We get it, you love apple. Sorry not everyone agrees.

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 10:06 2

17. networkdood (Posts: 6276; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


This type of malware has been with iOS and WIN for a longtime - google it...

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 08:55 4

4. networkdood (Posts: 6276; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


What iDIOT would fall for this trick?? Looks a little like a MIUI ROM, but they do not do through SMS.

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 08:56 7

5. Twackamole (Posts: 3; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


Your avg android user...

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 09:59 2

16. networkdood (Posts: 6276; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


the i in the idiot should give you a clue as sms was a major issue with iphone a while back...

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 08:59 3

6. eaxvac (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Hhaha spydroid.. So idiots still use this operating system?

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 10:07 3

18. TROLL.IS.AHA (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Haha iPrison... so eyep?ag$ still enjoying life in reformatory!

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 09:21 2

11. frydaexiii (Posts: 1236; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Please, if you can get infected via this method, you sure as hell deserve it. SMS? What is this? 2005 where they ask you to download porn by replying to their sms?

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 09:29 4

13. andro. (Posts: 1960; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


This type of 'threat' has been around for years even on basic phones as marketing scams,customers of any handset model can get hit with subscription charges or reverse charging. its certainly not a downloaded android virus and the fact that its only installed by text means its an sms scam

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 15:20 1

30. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


It's being sent to android phones though. Smart technique. If I was running a scam I'd go after the less tech savvy and less educated consumers.

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 18:45 2

33. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Please explain how Apple uses are more tech savvy by not being able to customize their experience whatsoever?

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 09:38 4

14. atheisticemetic (Posts: 377; Member since: 18 Dec 2011)


This isnt any different than someone calling for your credit card information over the phone. You just dont give them the information!

"Average" user's are just stupid, regardless of what OS they prefer.

You can be a Ish33p, a Fandroid, or a Windork.

The people who really lose? The intelligent ones who work for cellphone companies that have to deal with the next scam that comes out because someone was too silly to do their research.

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 12:14 3

24. THETECHTEAM (Posts: 82; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


i used to own an Android and i loved it to death but now that i own an Apple iPhone i dont see me going back to Androids no time soon too many bugs and malware i dont have to worry bout none of that ish with Apple

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 12:32 1

25. shadowcell (Posts: 300; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Funny, I find myself as one of the careless people using Android OS and I never encountered an issue with viruses nor malware.

I guess common sense is really all that you need. Google takes care of the rest.

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 13:16 2

26. ron1niro (Posts: 54; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


It's funny how people just choose to ignore all the flaws with their phones be it android or IOS just because of fanaticism. It won't get you anywhere. If something is not good enough, try the alternatives instead of just blindly being fanatic

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 14:24

27. maxican16 (Posts: 363; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


+1000

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 22:37

36. joey_sfb (Posts: 3003; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Agree. I work as tech support in business institute that support all phones. Personally i prefer android as its more flexible and better suited for my needs. My needs may or may not be the same as the guy next to me.

To each their own. No point argue till your face turn green as i learnt quite awhile back that people don't change their mind over what i said but what they experience for themselves.

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 14:37

28. Sakmann67 (Posts: 29; Member since: 22 May 2010)


Lookout Mobile Security works well for me on my EVO 4g

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 15:13 2

29. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Instead of thanking PA for the warning fandroids deny deny deny. It's a non issue they tell us or try to convince this is on every OS.

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 18:49 2

34. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Do people use text messaging on iOS? Or does Apple not allow that like they don't allow widgets, flash, or freedom

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 22:48 2

38. frydaexiii (Posts: 1236; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Because 3/4 of the people here (the other 1/4 includes idiots like you) aren't dumb enough to fall for these cheap tricks. You know who PA should warn about viruses? The dumb Mac users who wanted Flash so desperately that almost a million of them caught the Flashback virus.

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 15:39 1

31. Mark.J.Linskiy (unregistered)


Why would you update anything through a link in a SMS text message? I don't understand how or why a person would fall for that..

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 17:30

32. denney (Posts: 98; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


I download some pretty weird stuff on my PC and phone and have yet to ever get a virus, much less on my cell phone, and I am an idiot. I feel like you have to be excessively stupid to ever get any kind of virus.

posted on 12 Apr 2012, 18:51

35. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Okay now, who put out the troll bait? Aren't there text messages on all operating systems, or this an Android only exclusive like widgets and flash?

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