“We’ve seen Android malware that takes your photos and videos for ransom, and there’s one that can mimic your phone’s shutdown process and spy on you even though the phone appears to be off,” Stan Schroeder reports for Mashable. “But a new family of malware, detailed by security firm Lookout on Wednesday, is probably the scariest we’ve heard of: It’s so hard to remove that, in some cases, victims might be better off just buying a new device.”

“Lookout’s researchers have found 20,000 samples of three pieces of malware, named Shedun, Shuanet, and ShiftyBug, which share a lot of the same code and use similar tactics to infect the victim’s phone,” Schroeder reports. “Once installed — usually from a third-party app store — these apps root the victim’s device, embed themselves as system-level services, and shapeshift into legitimate, popular apps, including Facebook, Candy Crush, Twitter, Snapchat, WhatsApp and others.”

Schroeder reports, “Once infected, it’s very hard to remove these types of malware. “For individuals, getting infected with Shedun, Shuanet, and ShiftyBug might mean a trip to the store to buy a new phone,” wrote Lookout’s Michael Bentley in a blog pos”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yet another reason for the settlers to finally go get themselves a real iPhone.

SEE ALSO:
Apple issues iPhone manifesto; blasts Android’s lack of updates, lack of privacy, rampant malware – August 10, 2015
New Android malware strains to top 2 million by end of 2015 – July 1, 2015
Symantec: 1 in 5 Android apps is malware – April 25, 2015
Kaspersky Lab Director: Over 98% of mobile malware targets Android because it’s much, much easier to exploit than iOS – January 15, 2015
Security experts: Malware spreading to millions on Android phones – November 21, 2014
There’s practically no iOS malware, thanks to Apple’s smart control over app distribution – June 13, 2014
F-Secure: Android accounted for 99% of new mobile malware in Q1 2014 – April 30, 2014
Google’s Sundar Pichai: Android not designed to be safe; if I wrote malware, I’d target Android, too – February 27, 2014
Cisco: Android the target of 99 percent of world’s mobile malware – January 17, 2014
U.S. DHS, FBI warn of malware threats to Android mobile devices – August 27, 2013
Android app malware rates skyrocket 40 percent in last quarter – August 7, 2013
First malware found in wild that exploits Android app signing flaw – July 25, 2013
Mobile Threats Report: Android accounts for 92% of all mobile malware – June 26, 2013
Latest self-replicating Android Trojan looks and acts just like Windows malware – June 7, 2013
99.9% of new mobile malware targets Android phones – May 30, 2013
Mobile malware exploding, but only for Android – May 14, 2013
Mobile malware: Android is a bad apple – April 15, 2013
F-Secure: Android accounted for 96% of all mobile malware in Q4 2012 – March 7, 2013
New malware attacks Android phones, Windows PCs to eavesdrop, steal data; iPhone, Mac users unaffected – February 4, 2013

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]