With the Stagefright controversy still to die down, Android has been found to be susceptible to one more grave malware that’s virtually impossible to remove from devices. It is basically an adware family that manages to gain such deep access to the directories that it cannot even be gotten rid of with a factory reset.
Shuanet, Shedun and ShiftyBug are the names given to these bugs that can infect your devices by impersonating to be popular apps. They are so dangerous and capable that they can root the device on their own and install themselves as system applications.
This makes them impossible to remove even with a factory reset. The only option that will be left with many is buying a new phone. Of course, they can even go for completely reflashing the device to get it back to its original sate or carefully modifying system files over ADB, but these are slightly risky processes for someone who’s not an expert in these matters.
Some of the bogus apps which the adware masquerades as include Candy Crush, Facebook, GoogleNow, NYTimes, Okta, Snapchat, Twitter and even WhatsApp. Lookout has discovered over twenty thousand samples of such trojanized adware that are looking to deceive people into believing they are real apps.
Most of them are downloadable through third-party sources, but some of them exist on the Google Play store as well. In fact, the study has revealed that the highest infection rates are in Google Play-friendly countries like Germany and the US.
The best course of action for people to avoid this malware is definitely to be extra careful while downloading applications onto their devices.