Watch out for HummingBad Android malware

7 July 2016
Watch out for HummingBad Android malware

There's a new bit of malware that is wrecking Android phones, and created by a Chinese advertising company and called 'HummingBad'.

It is thought that has infected 10 million Android devices around the world.

Of course, you should have your Android handset shored up with anti-virus software, and if you haven't, you can choose between the best free anti-virus and security apps for Android from our guide.

According to a report by Checkpoint, HummingBad cons you into clicking on mobile and web ads. That generates ad-money for a company called Yingmob.

While that doesn't seem so bad, it actually is. That's because the malware gets at 'root access' to Android, which means the very heart of your phone's system gets in touch with Yingmob, and of course, they could be doing anything with it.

Or, more worryingly, if they're not vigilant with security, someone else could get at your phone, and they could get up to all manner of things, like spying on your private information, and even stealing your bank details from you.

So how did you get the malware? Well, you may have installed a grotty app from a third-party site (generally speaking, you shouldn't be getting your apps from anywhere other than the Google Play app).

Or, you may have been on a dodgy website, that asked you to install some software (again, you shouldn't ever do that, apart from very specific circumstances).

Now, for the most part, the infected phones are found in India and China, however, it has the potential to attack absolutely any phone, so you need to be careful.

Basically, don't click and install anything that looks remotely at-odds from your usual mobile experience and, to make sure you're safe, install a security app.

Also, make sure you're using the latest version of Android. The older it is, the more security flaws it is likely to have.

If your phone starts showing weird adverts at strange times, or you're constantly running out of data for reasons that aren't clear, it is worth running security checks on your Android phone.

TOPICS:   Mobile   Scams

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