There is a new type of malware making it onto Android phones according to security researchers. This new malware is called Ewind malware, and this is part of the Russian-built malware that is even more dangerous than previously thought. We have all of the latest news about the Ewind malware and what it could mean for Android users across the globe.
Ewind Malware Gives Hackers Complete Control of Device
The biggest thing about the Ewind malware, according to the researchers that looked into this dangerous malware, is that it could lead to hackers taking over your Android device completely. If the malware gets onto an Android device, full remote access could be given to the hackers. The hackers have created a ton of strains of this Ewind malware, which means it is more dangerous than previously thought to Android users.
The premise of Ewind is that users will think they are downloading legitimate applications on their Android device, but in reality, the application was repackaged with the malicious coding. The hackers use third-party app stores for Android that are established to get these repackaged apps onto Android devices.
Ewind malware can target a ton of different Android applications, including popular games like Minecraft and GTA Vice City. Even worse is that the repackaged malware can even be in applications like AVG and Avast Ransomware Removal.
There have been a ton of strains of Ewind malware since the middle of 2016, although we still do not know how far these malware strains have made it onto Android devices. Ewind is technically considered adware, but there is much more to this than just the typical adware comes with. For example, Ewind can forward SMS messages and even collect the data from the device and forward that to the hacker.
There is the ability here to take full control of the Android device as well because the ability to download and execute files without the user knowing. There could be ways the attacker could get around two-factor authentication on the SMS feature since the attacker could carry out commands on the Android device.
Of course, it appears that the hacker is coming from Russia; at least that is what Palo Alto Networks researchers think. The issue here though, is that the attack also targets people in Russia, which would be unusual if this was really a Russian hacker. Either way, Ewind is now being categorized as a Trojan instead of just adware, because there seems to be possible attacks and uses for Ewind beyond the normal adware delivery to Android devices.
The Impact of Adware Like Ewind Malware
According to Kasperky Lab, adware has been a huge problem through the past several years. A lot of the advertising comes from places like Europe, the Middle East, and the Russian Federation. The malicious software comes from those places and then makes it over to several other countries, including the United States by infecting both computers and now mobile devices like Android. There were over 20,000 apps back in 2015 that included adware. Some of those apps included fake versions of popular apps like Facebook and Twitter.
The worst part about the adware, whether it is Ewind malware or other adware, is that it can end up on Google Play Store, even with security features put in place that are supposed to prevent that from happening. That is why it is important to always check the developer of the app before you download it, even if it is coming from a reputable source such as Google Play Store. Due to how popular Ewind malware is becoming, you should also make sure you are not going to the third-party app stores to download apps, even if you believe that they are safe.