Malware alert: CopyCat roots devices and hijacks apps, infected 14 million phones
recently. It is called as CopyCat, and thus far, the malware has infected more
than 14 million devices worldwide.
Researchers at Checkpoint said that the malware mainly roots
devices and hijacks apps to make millions in fraudulent revenue. Currently, bulk
of the devices affected by the CopyCat malware are in Asia, however, other
markets should not believe they are safe yet.
by this dreaded CopyCat malware in the US. Google has been working for the past
two years, tracking the malware. It has updated PlayProtect to block the
malware. But, millions of devices are being affected via third-party app
downloads and phishing attacks.malware CopyCat
innocent user, the app collects data about the infected device and downloads
rootkits to help root the smartphone, basically cutting off its security
system. Subsequently, CopyCat begins to download fake apps, and also takes
control of the device’s Zygote, the launcher for all the apps on your device.
knowledge of every app downloaded on the device, as well as those ones you
with its own, which redirects ad revenue to the hackers instead of the app’s designers.
over $1.5 million for the hackers.
that it checks the location of the infected device if it is in China. Thus far,
Chinese victims have been safe from the attacks. Possibly the perpetrators of
the cyberattack are based in China and are trying to avoid police
between April and May of last year, and still affecting Android users today, especially
Android 5.0 users and earlier versions.
Downloading apps from third-party sites is risky at the moment.