This Android malware can steal all your WhatsApp messages and even record your phone calls

Sophisticated malware is capable of stealing all messages from your favorite apps, also recording your phone calls, and even accessing your phone's camera at any time.

Right now a dangerous security threat is circulating for all of our Android devices, in the form of a new malware that has been disguised as a system update and that when installed, could steal all your personal data, messages from apps and even take pictures and videos without you nodding.

Researchers from the analysis firm Zimperium, have released the presence of new spyware called System Update that attacks Android devices and that happens to be a system update for the phone. If you've always downloaded all apps through the Google Play Store you don't have to worry, but if you've ever needed to access an external APK you should check if your phone is infected.

This malware is quite sophisticated and is that once installed it is masked using the same notification as a verified google update, so at any time you could have installed an illegitimate update that you thought was actually from Google.

If you have become infected, this malware may steal messages from any instant messaging app like WhatsApp or Telegram, keep your Chrome history; record audio without your consent, including even phone calls; Take pictures of yourself with the front camera and steal videos and images stored on your mobile.

Specifically, according to Zimperium, this malware can do all of this:

  • Stealing instant messaging messages
  • Steal IM database files (if the root is available)
  • Inspect bookmarks and searches for the default browser
  • Inspect bookmark and search history for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Samsung Internet browser
  • Search for files with specific extensions (including .pdf, .doc, .docx and .xls, .xlsx);
  • Inspect clipboard data
  • Inspect the content of notifications
  • Audio recording
  • Recording phone calls
  • Take pictures periodically (either through the front or rear camera)
  • Know the list of installed applications
  • Stealing images and videos
  • GPS location monitoring
  • Stealing SMS messages
  • Stealing phone contacts
  • Stealing call logs
  • Extract information from the device (for example, installed apps, device name, storage statistics)
  • Hide your presence by hiding the drawer/menu icon of the device.

As you can see it's quite serious if someone has finally become infected, so you should remember very well if you have recently installed some APK.

In this case, the best solution would be to do a factory restart of the device or if you don't want to be so drastic, delete all the apps that you have installed outside the Google Play Store. You should also pass the best antivirus you have.

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