Kaspersky Lab researchers have found a new type of malware that can overload the battery and actually warp the phone. The virus exploits the phone’s processing power to mine cryptocurrencies, and the researchers are calling it as “jack of all trades.” Also Read - Vivo Y3s (2021) with MediaTek Helio P35 SoC launched in India, priced under Rs 10,000Also Read - How to record screen on your Android phone
The malware, when loaded onto an Android phone, can spam your contacts with text messages or load the phone with ads. The malware doesn’t spy on users or monitor the activity of the phone owner, but the process is so taxing that it can deform the phone. Also Read - Nothing reportedly working on its first smartphone, expected release date revealed
Researchers also note that the malware was found disguised as a legitimate software on more than 20 ads advertising themselves as either anti-virus or porn apps. The trojan virus is not just limited to these kinds of apps, and can hide anywhere in the form of legit software.
The malware has been distributed as legitimate software on the Google Play Store and it has also been found on Apple’s App Store. While the official app stores run by both Google and Apple have a stringent validation process, the malicious apps do manage to make their way as adware or malware.
Those using smartphones running Google or Apple software should ensure that they are downloading the right software from the respective app stores and should notify the companies if they discover malicious behavior.
Once infected, this ‘jack of all trades’ malware will make most smartphones unusable and will overload and start mining cryptocurrencies only after a couple of days.