Agent Smith’ malware infected 15 million Android devices in India

  1. According to cyber security firm,it has discovered a dangerous malware dubbed as ‘Agent Smith’.
  2. The Malware has affected 25 million devices around the world.India was one of the worst affected nations with 15 million devices.
  3. The malware exploits vulnerabilities within the Android operating system to automatically replace installed apps with a malicious version without the user realising.
  4. The new version then displays fraudulent ads for financial gain,though it could be used for more dangerous purposes such as stealing bank details or spying on someone through their camera or microphone.
  5. Malware which means malicious software refers to any kind of software that is designed to cause damage to a single computer,server or computer network
  6. It is an umbrella term used to refer to a variety of forms of hostile or intrusive malicious software including computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware, ransomware among others.