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Get started Who pays the hackers? Follow · 4 min read What does the term “malware” bring to mind? Something that steals your information? Logs your keystrokes? Turns your device into a bot? How about malware that shows you ads? AdWare is a type of malware designed to do exactly that. Whereas legitimate ad traffic is served inside an app or on a web page, AdWare displays ads inappropriately such as on the device lock screen, is aggressive about showing a high volume of ads, and uses device and software exploits to evade anti-malware and resist removal.
Sections About TNW TNW Sites ‘Agent Smith’ malware replaces legit Android apps with fake ones on 25 million devices by — in Researchers from cybersecurity vendor targeting Android devices. Dubbed Agent Smith, the malware has been found to exploit known weaknessesÂ in theÂ Android operating system to replace legitimate installed apps on the device with malicious versions without requiring usersâ intervention. Based on their research, Agent Smith has been found to leverage its broad access privileges to display fraudulent ads and profit off them.
Search the TechTarget Network alswart - stock.adobe.com Agent Smith mobile malware hits millions of devices New mobile malware that exploits Android vulnerabilities has infected millions of devices, security researchers have discovered Security Editor Mobile malware dubbed Agent Smith has infected about 25 million devices, mainly in India and other Asian countries, but other countries have also been affected, including the UK and US, according to security researchers at . Disguised as a Google-related application, the malware exploits known Android vulnerabilities and automatically replaces installed apps – such as WhatsApp – with malicious versions without users’ knowledge or interaction.