Sneaky Smartphone Spyware Snoops
According to CNBC, http://www.cnbc.com/id/100431624 there is a new Android App out there disguised as a “Droid Cleaner”.
It can attack your smart phone and your PC.
Once installed on your device, it can spy on you.
The malware was discovered by the Kaspersky security company.
The app which is found in the Google Play app store, is touted as a tool to free up memory in Google’s operating system.
It can also find its way into a PC as well if users plug an infected device into a PC with a USB drive.
The bug takes over the microphone on a PC and uses it to eavesdrop on users. When a sound is picked up by the mike it records the audio and sends it to the cyber criminals.
However, if a user has a current version of Microsoft Windows the malware should not get into the PC.
Apparently, the spy junk is only targeting older versions of Windows. The PC attack is really focused at users that are using older versions of Microsoft Windows.
The spyware can do the following in an infected device:
- Sending SMS messages
- Enabling Wi-Fi
- Gathering information about the device
- Opening arbitrary links in a browser
- Uploading the SD card’s entire contents
- Uploading all SMS messages
- Deleting all SMS messages
- Uploading all the contacts/photos/coordinates from the device master.
There’s an app that spies thru your phone,
It’s a sneaky thing like an air drone.
It uploads your stuff,
And if that’s not enough,
It won’t leave your PC alone.