Backdoor.AndroidOS.Obad.a, malware

New Android malware should be wake-up call for security admins | TechRepublic: "Nicknamed Backdoor.AndroidOS.Obad.a, this malware used a hole in the code packing system to create an executable that should be found invalid, but still gets processed on an Android smartphone, by planting deliberate errors in the AndroidManifest file. Once there, it can get elevated to the Device Administrator status, but using a security hole in Android, it will not get listed in the apps listing, making it impossible to remove. And the complexity doesn’t stop there. The malware uses a lot of encryption to keep all of its variable names secret, and it will go out through a network connection, downloading a part of the Facebook home page, and use that as its encryption key, to ensure it is truly online and able to connect to its control servers. . . ." (read more at link above)

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