A new Android malware has been discovered by a security team known as Heimdal Security. The malware, which is known as Mazar, is believed to be targeting Android users in Europe.
The malware, which is known as Mazar, is believed to be targeting Android users in Europe.
Mazar is designed to spread through simple things such as text messages and once it is installed, it will forward all your web traffic to hackers through a malicious proxy. The result is that the hacker will harvest all the personal and sensitive information you have via your web activity.
This is not good news at all for the Android team, especially after going through similar security threats in the recent past. In fact, accusations have been rife that the Android team’s inability to roll out quick updates to the operating system plays a huge role in opening up the OS to hackers and other malicious attackers. Now that the Heimdal Security team says that the Mazar virus has already reached over 100,000 Android devices in Denmark alone, it remains to be unknown when this virus will be coming to your device.
To make matters worse, there is no word of how far the virus could have spread by now.
There is a way out
Despite the threat being posed by the Mazar virus’ spread, there is a surprising finding about the same malware. According to the security team, the virus is designed in such a way that it avoids any phone that is set to Russian language. The reason behind this is not known.
While this is just one way of dealing with this deadly virus, there are other practices you can also observe to ensure that your device stays safe. One smart way of dealing with this virus is to stay off links in messages that might probably be associated to the virus.
As noted earlier, the virus spreads through SMS messages. It is recommended not to follow any links in messages and you won’t have to worry about the virus. In case you accidentally follow the link and a download initiates, you will have to proceed with the installation. Android devices are designed to stop installation of files that come from unknown sources (non-Google Play Store apps) and since the Mazar virus installation file does not originate from the Play Store, the app won’t install – unless your security settings are set to allow installation from Unknown sources.
Another curious observation about the Android malware is the fact that it has so far been detected on devices running Android KitKat. Whether the virus will persist upwards or downwards is unknown, but it is likely to go down the scale to the older versions.
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