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Android Malware Plaguing 45K Devices Remains a Mystery

October 30, 2019

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Researchers are on the hunt for the infection vector behind a mysterious mobile malware that has infected over 45,000 Android devices in the past six months.

Researchers said they have detected a surge in detections of the malware, dubbed Xhelper, which can hide itself from users, download malicious apps onto the phone and display pop-up advertisements. Perhaps most frustrating for victims, the malware is persistent – it is able to secretly re-install itself after victims try to uninstall it, researchers with Symantec said.

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