Over 10 million Android phones reportedly infected with Chinese malware

“At least 10 million Android devices have been infected by malware called HummingBad, according to cybersecurity software maker Check Point,” Daniel Van Boom reports for CNET.

“The malware installs a piece of software called a rootkit onto infected Android devices, giving cybercriminals administrative-level access to smartphones,” Van Boom reports. “This access is used to generate fraudulent advertising revenue — apparently up to $300,000 per month — through the forced downloading of apps and clicking of ads.”

Van Boom reports, “But it’s not just fake ad revenue at stake here because the group is able to sell access to phones and give away information held on them, Check Point said.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Those infected should’ve bought a real iPhone.

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  1. I know it’s not the same, but it’s ironic that when I tried to read this article I got sent to the App Store twice from one of the charming ads on this site.

  2. Android doesn’t care about security. It lets phones become infected so that more personal user information is leaked to the NSA servers run by google. As far as they’re concerned, every infected android phone is another win-win situation that needs to be capitalised on.

    1. The reason being that those Apps are infected. And why would anyone WANT to go to those stores these days. Not feeling the need to jailbreak my phone anymore.

      1. Actually, no I didn’t. I had one before there was even an App Store. My last personal iPgone was the 3GS, whereby I didn’t give Apple a dime again until last year. There were other reasons too.

  3. Obviously not many here (MDN included) have read the article until the end.

    For the lazy ones… Here’s the last paragraph:

    Malware has done considerable damage to mobile platforms over the past year. Apple, previously known for being virus and malware-proof, has been hit by multiple attacks, including some perpetrated by the same group behind HummingBad, according to Check Point.

    With the two following links that were clickable on keywords:


    As it looks like… No platform is immune to malware.

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