Whatsapp has more than 1.5 billion users is one of the most popular Messenger in the world. This makes the App become a target for cyber criminals. Now security researchers from the Israeli company Check Point are warning of a new Android malware named “Agent Smith,” the spread at a blistering speed.

Whatsapp is Fake

has to be replaced, according to The experts, the malicious software disguises itself often as a harmless App, or as a free game. Once it is downloaded, it searches through the device according to popular Apps like Whatsapp or MXPlayer, it is replaced secretly by Fake versions. Several already-known Android exploit vulnerabilities. In the malicious Apps, the user will then get a cheater to see of View.

the Check Point that the Virus is also able to eavesdrop the user and to gain access to their Bank data. Since the Software is hidden on the device and as a trusted App disguises offer you “endless possibilities” to damage the user’s device.

source is an external App Store

“Forbes” according to the malicious software spread by the Chinese supplier of Alibaba, belonging to the App Store for “9Apps” and not through the official, on any device, pre-installed Play Store. Nevertheless, worldwide are infected, in the meantime, 25 million devices. Are currently affected mainly users in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The security researchers were able to identify affected devices but also in the UK (with a total of 137,000 units), Australia and the USA (500.000 units).

Google has been warned the “Forbes”article that, so far, the Internet has not expressed an opinion group with regard to this.

The Tarn-Apps are currently offered mainly on Indian, Arabic, Russian and Indonesian – German users should therefore remain largely unaffected. The case illustrates once more that the Apps should be downloaded only from trusted sources like the Google Play Store.

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