Malware is software with malicious intent Depending on the type of malware, if you have it, the performance of your device could suffer, your personal information could be stolen, or intruders could gain access to your accounts. For Russians (whom Svpeng was originally created to target) Svpeng would present a screen to input credit card details every time a user went to Google Play, which it would then send to the cybercriminal gang that created it.
For people in the US and UK it would present itself as the FBI, locking down the infected device for supposedly having child pornography on it.
In February we learned that certain Android apps were giving their users more than they bargained for.
A patience/solitaire game, an IQ test, and a history app all sound innocent enough, don’t they?
The Motive Security Labs malware report – H2 2014, which looked at all popular mobile device platforms, found that Android devices have caught up with Windows laptops in terms of malware attack numbers, with infection rates between Android and Windows devices split 50/50.
Just remember that as long as you stick to apps from the official Google Play Store, you are unlikely to encounter any of the dangerous malware out there.
As we’ve shown here, malware lives and thrives in unofficial app stores, which are largely unregulated.
Android/Power Off Hijack is malware that hijacks the shutdown process of your device so that it appears to be off, but remains functional.
That way it can secretly make calls, take pictures, and more – all without you having a clue.