And it’s on your Windows PC! Security researchers have found numerous Android apps, typically disguised as cleanup tools that are actually spying on your PC’s conversations. Your first question might be: ‘How is Android malware getting on to my Windows PC?’ Good Question.
Say for example you downloaded one of the corrupt apps on to your Android phone (Superclean and DroidCleaner have been exposed as malicious apps and removed from Google Play), and then you plug your phone into your PC in order to charge it or transfer some data back and forth – Ta Da! Transfer complete, you now have a Windows PC infected with Android malware.
So what does this Android malware do to your computer?
The attack itself is reliant on the AutoRun feature. When this is disabled, the malware is unable to gain access and execute the attack. If you currently have the newer versions of Windows you’re in luck – the AutoRun feature is automatically disabled. This is a great example as to why it’s so important to always make sure you have the latest and greatest updated software on your computer. Never ignore an upgrade request! To clarify what ‘spying on your PC’s conversations’ means, here is a laundry list of…
What the Android malware apps are capable of doing:
- Sending, deleting and uploading text messages
- Turning on your Wi-Fi
- Opening arbitrary links in your browser
- Uploading an SD card’s contents
- Uploading files back to the cybercriminals server, including photos and contact info
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