Security experts discovered a dangerous malicious instance in Android devices. Yesterday one of the major anti-virus vendors announced that they have found that over 140 cheap Android devices that are being sold to customers include a threat known as the Cosiloon Virus.
Cosiloon Android Virus Discovery
An alarming discovery was announced yesterday by Avast Labs of a malicious instances that has been discovered in cheap devices. The associated code is pre-installed on devices offered by vendor like Archos and myPhone and the large parts of them are not certified by Google. Still they are being sold in many stores both physical and online and to this date there an estimate of the total affected victims cannot be made. A notable characteristic of the Cosiloon is the fact that it has remained hidden for a very long period of time. It was initially discovered in 2016 and the recently detected strains feature slightly updated code. According to the researchers the newer version of the threat impacts around 18 000 devices in more than 100 countries.
Ever since the malware was discovered the affected devices and detailed information was reported Google. They are actively taking steps into mitigating the virus’s spread using the Google Play Protect. Their actions will help remove infected code that has been able to infiltrate apps on the software repository. However actual mitigation and effective removal is difficult due to the fact that the threat comes pre-installed. Google has reached out to firmware developers in order to raise awareness about the issue.
NOTE: A partial list of the affected devices can be accessed here.
The Cosiloon Android Virus Overview
The Cosiloon Android Virus infections feature a complex behaviour pattern that is initiated once the virus code is activated. The dangerous characteristic of Cosiloon is the fact that it (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from How to, Technology and PC Security Forum authored by Martin Beltov. Read the original post at: https://sensorstechforum.com/cosiloon-android-virus-140-cheap-devices/