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Malware using the Android Master Key intercepted in the wild, here's how to protect yourself

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Malware using the Android Master Key intercepted in the wild, here's how to protect yourself
It was back at the beginning of the month when we first broke for you the news of a new, massive vulnerability, plaguing 99% of Android devices. First discovered by mobile security company Bluebox, the flaw was reported to Google back in February. Since then, Google has patched the Play Store and has provided its OEM partners with a patch for it.

Yet here we are again. And now it's official – the first detected malware taking advantage of the vulnerability has been intercepted by Symantec whilst running amok in China. The security giant reports that the code has been implanted in otherwise legit apps that help you find and appoint a meeting with a doctor. The source of the infected app? A third-party store, of course.

We won't get into the tech lingo, instead we'll just report that according to Symantec, the exploit grants said malicious code remote access to infected devices. This leaves the gates wide open, the company claims, for a wrongdoer to steal sensitive information such as your IMEI, phone number, and also send premium SMS messages and execute root commands.

There's no doubt in our minds that more attacks of this sort are sure tofollow, so here's what you can do to protect yourself:


source: Symantec, Thumbnail image courtesy of ReKey

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