Malicious App Infects 60,000 Android Devices – But Still Saves Their Batteries

June 25, 2018


A battery-saving app that also allows attackers to snatch text messages and read sensitive log data has been downloaded by more than 60,000 Android devices so far.

But what’s unique about the attack, according to the researchers at RiskIQ who discovered it, is that it holds true to its advertising: It actually does monitor devices’ battery status, even killing unwanted background processes.

“Although the app these scam pages send users to does its advertised function, it also has a nasty secret—it infects victims’ devices and comes with a side of information-stealing and ad-clicking,” Yonathan Klijnsma, threat researcher at RiskIQ, said in a post on Thursday.

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