New Android malware spreads by SMS, disguised as software update

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.

source: NQ Mobile via AndroidAuthority




Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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

2. ash29

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

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

22. windowsRocks

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

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

23. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Only spydroid get infected this way

3. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Surely this type of malware is not restricted to Android, considering its an SMS. Can PA confirm before they start bashing android ?

7. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 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?


Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

iEvil operating System...

8. gp284

Posts: 120; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

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

9. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 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

15. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

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


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

17. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

5. Twackamole

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

Your avg android user...

16. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

6. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

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


Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

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

11. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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?

13. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 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

30. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

33. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

14. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 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.


Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 12, 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

25. shadowcell

Posts: 300; Member since: Mar 28, 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.

26. ron1niro

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 28, 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

27. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011


36. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

28. Sakmann67

Posts: 29; Member since: May 22, 2010

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

29. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

34. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

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