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AGENT SMITH MALWARE THAT SECRETLY REPLACES WHATSAPP SPREADS TO 25 MILLION PHONES
A new type of mobile malware that secretly replaces popular apps like WhatsApp on people’s phones has already infected more than 25 million devices, security researchers have revealed. Dubbed ‘Agent Smith’, the malware exploits vulnerabilities within the Android operating system to automatically replace installed apps with a malicious version without the user realising. 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. Researchers at the cyber security firm Check Point discovered the Agent Smith malware, which was named after the shadowy character from The Matrix film series. “The malware attacks user-installed applications silently, making it challenging for common Android users to combat such threats on their own,” said Jonathan Shimonovich, head of mobile threat detection research at Check Point.
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