Smartphones users who are currently running Android 5.1 Lollipop version on their phones need to beware as a malware named ‘Godless’ might attack it secretly at any time. This playful malware hides inside the apps you have installed or about to install on your smartphones. Hiding there, it downloads certain apps without asking for permission.
The new version of mobile malware “Godless” is discovered by Researchers at security intelligence blog Trend Micro
The malware uses android-rooting-tool which an open-source rooting framework. The company had this in it official statement-
Based on the data gathered from our Trend Micro Mobile App Reputation Service, malicious apps related to this threat can be found in prominent app stores, including Google Play, and has affected over 850,000 devices worldwide.
Source: phone arena
The malware can even spy on users as it may have its control in hands of a remote software. Once any app is downloaded, Godless waits until the screen is off. The malware then begins its functioning. When it gets completed with its functioning it drops an information as a system app in the form of an AES-encrypted file called “_image.”
The malicious Godless code is contained by a number of Google Play apps also. For instance, “Summer Flashlight” on Google Play found to have the playful code.
What can you do?
Do not download apps that have some unknown background developer. The security intelligence blog has also recommended for downloading apps from trusted stores like Google Play and Amazon only.