Androids are under attack from a new, sophisticated form of malware that can be devastating to effected devices, Lookout reports.
Beware if you’re an Android user
Shedun, Shuanet and Shiftybug are a family of Trojans that root the device automatically then pose as already installed apps while gathering information in the background, the report says.
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The worst part? The malware is so difficult and complex that the only two remedies are either professional help or buying a new phone.
Lookout says the Trojans can be disguised as one of 20,000 different apps.
So what can you do about it? Do NOT get any popular apps that are repackaged in third-party app stores. Lookout goes so far as to cite instances when downloading Candy Crush, Facebook, GoogleNow, NYTimes, Okta, Snapchat, Twitter and WhatsApp exposed users to hidden trojanized adware. Download ONLY from the Google Play store!
One additional word of warning. Amazon is, of course, a very trusted brand. If you want to download apps from the Amazon Store, you have to temporarily disable the block that will prevent you from doing so. Be sure that you remember to re-enable it after you’re done.
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