Global cyber security firm Trend Micro on Friday sets the alarm bells ringing saying that it has recognised over 800 apps in Google Play Store implanted with a Trojan Android malware “Xavier” that has been downloaded millions of times till date.

“These applications range from utility apps such as photo manipulators to wallpaper and ringtone changers. We also provide multi-layered mobile security solutions to protect users from this threat,” Trend Micro said in a statement.

Based on data from its Mobile App Reputation Service, the team found that Xavier’s stealing and leaking capabilities are hard to identify as it uses self-protection strategies, for example, string encryption, web information enctyption, data encryption and emulator detection.

Xavier steals and leaks a user’s information silently. It also has the ability to download and execute different noxious codes from a remote server, which may be a considerably more risky part of the malware.

“The easiest way to avoid a cunning malware like ‘Xavier’ is to not download and install applications from an unknown source even if they are from legitimate app stores like Google Play Store,” said Nilesh Jain, country manager (Saarc) at Trend Micro.

 

 

credits : AANS

 

 

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