New malware infects Play Store apps, nests itself in phone's root folder and downloads endless ads
The malware is reported to have branched up in many variants, and is distributed through popular apps in forums, 3rd party app stores, and even Google's official Play Store. It is said that 900,000 Android devices across 116 countries have been infected. Apps that carry the trojan are repackaged versions of various calculators, smart or assistive touch apps, Talking Tom 3, and many others – usually popular software solutions that users would easily trust. Thankfully, the infected apps have been reportedly pulled from the Play Store and more popular app stores at the time of writing this article.
What Ghost Push and its branched-out siblings would do is they would nest themselves in the user's phone and then begin pushing ads, even installing other infected apps on the device. The end goal is to push as many ads as possible and the report suggests that the hackers have been making more than 4 million dollars per day.
Cheetah Mobile claims to have developed a tool that can find and get rid of Ghost Push infecting your device. You can find a link to its Play Store page below.
Download Ghost Push Trojan Killer