Don’t wanna cry after meeting Judy? How to secure your mobile from malware
Security firm Checkpoint announced Thursday that about 36.5 million Android devices were probably infected by the malware, called “Judy” after downloading applications developed by Kiniwini in South Korea and published under the name of ENISTUDIO Corp.
The Korean company has developed such malicious applications 41 and was able to bypass the security protocols of the Google Play Store, which allows you to download the application.
Although the full scope of this malware is still unknown, Checkpoint said it is potentially the most prevalent malware found so far on Google Play.
Malware, called Judy by Checkpoint after the main character in Kiniwin applications, is a self-clicking adware, infecting devices generate a large number of fraudulent clicks on ads, generating revenue for the culprits.
Google has removed the malicious applications from the store on the recommendation of Checkpoint and has updated its protection mechanism to analyze applications.
Experts pointed out over and over again that among malware attacks, Android smartphones are widely targeted by hackers because the Android application market offers an open platform.
In its Threat Intelligence report for the second half of 2016, Nokia reported that of all infections on smartphones, Android phones were targeted at 81% of the time.
Infection by mobile device device, H2 2016
How to protect your phone from Judy and her friends?
– Do not download applications from unauthorized or illegitimate application stores.
– When connected to a public Wi-Fi network, do not view or share personal information.
– Do as you browse and download applications over a secure wireless network.
– Choose a good antivirus application for your phone.
– Although Judy cheated on the Google Gorilla malware scanner, it is still good practice to ensure that download applications are scanned.
“Mobile devices are very prone to computer threats, especially when users are not careful about accessing links or downloading applications,” said Rohit Kumar, executive vice president and chief executive officer Paladion OnDemand. “The recent Judy malware was rejected the Android ecosystem of approximately 36 million affected mobile phones. Downloading unknown applications opens a vicious cycle of threat that can have a spiral effect and even make your phone dysfunctional.”
“With the spread of cybercrime, you can never be too sure where the next threat will come in. Keep in mind that the best policy can be adopted, including making a prudent investment in a good mobile security solution.” Add.