10 million Android phones infected by all-powerful auto-rooting apps [telecom]

10 million Android phones infected by all-powerful auto-rooting apps
Security experts have documented a disturbing spike in a particularly
virulent family of Android malware, with more than 10 million handsets
infected and more than 286,000 of them in the US.
Researchers from security firm Check Point Software said the malware
installs more than 50,000 fraudulent apps each day, displays 20
million malicious advertisements, and generates more than $300,000 per
month in revenue. The success is largely the result of the malware's
ability to silently root a large percentage of the phones it infects
by exploiting vulnerabilities that remain unfixed in older versions of
Android. The Check Point researchers have dubbed the malware family
"HummingBad," but researchers from mobile security company Lookout say
HummingBad is in fact Shedun, a family of auto-rooting malware that
came to light last November and had already infected a large number of
devices.
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