Is This The Worst Android Malware Yet?

Security researchers at the Palo Alto Networks have discovered a particularly nasty new Android Malware capable of stealing your private information from the most popular apps out there including Skype, Facebook, and Firefox.

When I say new, it’s new to researchers. This malware has actually been hard at work pilfering data for a couple of years.


The folks at Palo Alto Networks are calling it “SpyDealer.” Here’s how it works. It uses exploits found in a rooting app to gain access to other apps and is able to steal private data and messages.

It can even record your calls and any surrounding audio and video. It can hijack your camera and take photos of you and your surroundings. It can track your location and even take screenshots.

Among the affected apps are Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype, Viber, Firefox, WeChat, Line, and Android’s built-in browser.

It doesn’t appear that this malware was distributed through the official Google Play Store. But if you’ve downloaded apps from any third party stores or used a rooting app on your device, you could be affected. Researchers even suspect that the infections may have come from compromised WiFi networks.

It seems to be affecting older phones, those running between Android 2.2 and Android 4.4. But if you think you might be affected, it’s a good time to change all of your passwords and take a good look at all of your accounts for any sign of trouble.

2 thoughts on “Is This The Worst Android Malware Yet?

  1. So, if you use only secure Wi-Fi, is it still possible to get this malware? I haven’t downloaded the Facebook app; I refuse to. I go in through my email notifications. I have an LG smartphone slider with the querty keyboard Andoid 4.4.2 version. One morning earlier this year the phone rang, I answered, no response, but what happened next had me bewildered. My speaker would squeal when my hand or face got close to the microphone. I immediately took the battery out, and left it off for an hour. I’ve had this phone for 3 years and have only downloaded Hornet Anti-virus, Zedge, Flashlight, Microsoft Outlook, and just this year, the Yahoo app. How can you check to see if malware is in the phone?

    1. This particular malware seems to sneak on via unsecured WiFi, but I wouldn’t say that secure WiFi is a complete protection against malware on your phone.

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