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Tuesday, 05 July 2016 14:52

Hummer trojan infects more than 1 billion devices Featured

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Users are downloading a Hummer trojan infected app thinking they will get access to YouTube and other Google Services but it secretly roots the Android device, gaining admin-level access. It has infected well over 1 billion devices making it the number one trojan in the Android world.

Cheetah Mobile  — a Chinese-based mobile application developer and mobile security company  said that at its peak (in China and elsewhere) it was infecting 1.4 million devices a day.

When a mobile phone is infected, it will frequently pop up ads and silently install unnecessary or unwanted applications and malware which consumes a lot of network traffic. Hummer exerts the highest level control over the phone and most anti-virus tools are not able to remove it – even a factory reset on the device won’t get rid of it. The device needs to be re-flashed to remove it.

Cheetah has updated its CM Security and Clean Master anti-virus and now offers a cleaner on Google Play

The infected apps are not in Google’s Play Store – they are side loaded from other app stores and masquerade as WhatsApp, Facebook, Uber, free porn and many more popular apps.

Cheeta found it also pushes mobile phone games and silently installs porn applications in the background. Unwanted apps appear on these devices, and they’re reinstalled shortly after users uninstall them. Cheetah’s findings were astonishing: In several hours, Hummer accessed the network over 10,000 times and downloaded over 200 APKs, consuming 2 GB of network traffic.

India, Indonesia, Turkey, and China have the highest levels of infection, but it is pretty widespread across the world.

Cheetah says the group behind it are probably raking in US$500,000 per day in downloading affiliated malware.


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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