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McAfee Discovers ‘Ghost Push’ the Android Malware

A highly prolific Android malicious program continues to be highly prevalent globally even after over 2-yrs of its debut on the threat landscape. The program, an effective Trojan dubbed Ghost Push, contaminates all versions of Android till ver.5 which is called Lollipop that even now 57% of the total Android mobile owners use. Ghost Push doesn't work on Android ver.6 known as Marshmallow as well as the latest ver.7 known as Nougat released recently that together comprise approximately 10% of Android mobiles.

McAfee security researchers the discoverers of the malicious program report that the program pretends to be either an application to access Porn Tube, a Flash plug-in or video codec. A closer examination shows that none of the said items requires confirmation of the user's identity with the aid of any government provided ID; therefore, one should clearly avoid them. Digitaltrends.com posted this, October 17, 2016.

Moreover, after either of the above disguises, the malware poses as Google Play carrying along the first phishing overlay that directs the victim to produce his payment card number. Thereafter, one more phishing overlay directs the victim to produce even more private details along with payment card info comprising name, phone number, birth date, credit card CCV and expiration date, of the card owner.

The aforesaid applications aren't exactly the types to weave even a slightly genuine cause for confirming the user's identity. The red signals appear most prominent. Also, considering we are so advanced to be running in 2016 while Web-surfers continue to employ the password 1234567890, it can be said for sure that somebody would just get ensnared irrespective of how effectively the red signals appear.

So to avoid danger, one must at the foremost eschew downloading dubious 3rd-party applications that an application store may offer rather download applications solely from Google Play because the security firm McAfee observes that the Trojan solely appears as being on applications pulled down from such 3rd-party shopping sites. A downloadable application which seeks personal information is what the application should be actually wanting; while it is extremely occasional when an end-user would require providing his ID's photograph.

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