A dangerous malware called “AbstractEmu” was found in the Google Play Store. This managed to achieve the highest user rights under Android over 7 apps. Pretty much all doors are open on infected smartphones. TechMarkup tells you which apps you need to delete and how you can make your cell phone secure again.
- “Abstract Emu” malware found in the Google Play Store; it is particularly dangerous in 7 apps
- Google has already removed the applications, but they can still be on your phone
- TechMarkup advises: Check whether the apps are installed on your mobile phone and delete them directly
Dangerous malware Apps repeatedly end up in the Google Play Store. While these are usually harmless trackers or other sniffing apps, security researchers at Lookout have found something significantly more dangerous. The “Abstract Emu” malware is not only very good at hiding itself, but it also gains so-called “root access” in 7 apps. These are the critical apps.
- Anti-ads browser
- Data saver
- Life Launcher
- My phone
- Night light
- All passwords
- Phone Plus
Rooting malware is able to install other malicious programs on your mobile phone. Since root rights are the highest user rights under Android, basically all doors are open to malware. The much-discussed spyware Pegasus, which was found on the cell phones of numerous politicians: Inside, also works with root rights.
This will make your cell phone safe again
According to Lookout, the developers of Abstract Emu have a financial interest. Some behaviors can be compared with banking Trojans. If you were able to find one of the above apps on your mobile phone, uninstalling it is a first step in the right direction. After the discovery, you should pay more attention to phishing emails in which cybercriminals can get your bank details or login details for online banking.
It is also advisable to contact the bank, as steps such as new credentials or further security measures can be initiated here if necessary.
Unsure whether the Dangerous malware Apps were actually removed from your phone? Then take a look at our review of the best antivirus apps for Android. The article is a bit older, but the apps mentioned are each available in new versions. If you want to be on the safe side, it makes sense to restore an older backup of your cell phone. Exactly what was created before the malware was installed.