this is the latest malware discovered to infect Android devices

There is a new malware, in the form of 'worm' or 'worn' that spreads via WhatsApp and can infect users of Android-based devices. Potential victims receive a message in the messaging tool from a contact saying that they can download an application to get a free mobile.

Specifically, the user receives a WhatsApp message that says: "Download this application and win a mobile phone "with a link that, at first glance, looks like Google Play. Opening the link opens the Android application store and shows what the official Huawei Mobile application looks like.


If the user downloads the application, he will give the "worm" many permissions

According to the ESET expert, if the program downloads, user removes a security feature that Android-based devices carry by default and that is very important to protect the device.

Once the installation process is complete, the application requests a series of permissions, including the access to notifications. When the user gives him the permissions that this supposed Huawei application to win a mobile phone requests, what he is really giving is the malware that has more power within the mobile or tablet.

One of those "powers" is that the malware will be able to reply with a personalized message to any message WhatsApp received by the user. And so you can forward this same message to many more people and reach more devices. It seems that it only runs on Android, so those who have mobile devices with iOS are safe, according to the information discovered so far.

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The malicious app also requests other permissions that will lead the malware to overlap other applications that the user opens and steal data from these. Another of the permissions that it requests is to ignore the device's battery restrictions to be able to run in the background without the operating system preventing it, even if that means that the battery will consume much more power. And all this without the user being able to find out because the interface on their device will remain the same.

What the experts haven't said yet is how to get rid of this "worm" in case of contagion nor what does the malware do with the stolen data.