Sometimes, Android Trojans appear. Most of those times, said Trojans can be dealt with. Not this time. Kaspersky Labs announced today that the company has discovered an Android Trojan that's really hard to remove. Worse, this Trojan has some tricks up its sleeve that are really troublesome.
Spotting the New Android Trojan
Kaspersky is calling this Trojan the 'Backdoor.AndroidOS.Obad.a.' It's a mouthful to go along with the antics that this Trojan is capable of. What does it do?
1. Downloads malware and installs it on the infected device.
2. Sends SMS to premium-rate numbers
3. Sends malware to devices that are connected via Bluetooth.
4. Can command any console to operate in any way.
Yep; this is a bad one. The Trojan that Kaspersky has discovered would be a lot more manageable if it could be easily disbanded. Sadly, that's not the way that this cookie is crumbling.
Hard to Find - Harder to Remove
This particular Trojan hides itself nicely in any Android device. It uses security holes in Android that have not been discovered yet (and there are a lot of them). Once the Trojan finds the right hole, it immediately tries to take over Administrator privileges. If that happens, you'll be dealing with a real hassle.
As soon as the device's Administrator privileges have been taken over, the Trojan cannot be removed. Why? Because it won't be listed under the Administrator application as a program with privileges. Kaspersky has notified Google about the Trojan, but there's little you can do if your phone is already infected.
Percentage of Compromised Android Phones
Here's the good news: Kaspersky reports that only 0.15% of all Android phones are infected with this Trojan. That's a small percentage, so changes are that you do not have to deal with this problem. Once this Trojan has collected all of your personal information, those details are sent back to a database where the information is logged. From there, the writers of the Trojan can collect those details and use them elsewhere.
What details are collected? Your name, passwords, address, types of Bluetooth devices that you connect to, and any other personal things. Unfortunately, Kaspersky has not noted whether or not you can detect the Trojan. The one way you might be able to determine if your phone is infected is to observe your screen. If your screen locks for ten seconds or just shuts down automatically, you might have a problem.
As noted, there's no way to stop this Trojan once it starts. Hopefully, you won't be infected! If you do happen to know of a way to stop this Android Trojan, please share with all of our readers below. Think that you have this Trojan already?
Let us know what your experience has been with it so far. This one is tricky, folks, but, hopefully, Google will put a stop to it soon! Androids are particularly susceptible to viruses of all kinds, so this won't be the last one we see -- but it's the worst one Kaspersky has ever seen!