Saturday 22 October 2016

New Android virus has hit 100000 devices already

Emma Clark

Published 18/02/2016 | 07:00


An Android virus by the name of the Mazar virus has already taken root in 100,000 devices in Denmark, potentially giving attackers personal data or control.

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There's a new virus doing the rounds on Android called the Mazar virus that can wipe handsets.

This is one that could catch out the less security conscious or paranoid. It arrives as a multimedia message containing a link. Once clicked on, the Mazar virus installs software that enables remote and anonymous internet connections to the phone and hands over administrator rights to anyone who connects to the device.

This then allows attackers to get hold of your personal details, read text messages, or wipe handsets completely.

If you do receive a multimedia message, avoid clicking on it, especially if it's from a number you don't recognise. Or if you're prone to opening every link sent to you, at least ensure that your Android settings don't allow app installations outside of the Google Play Store.

The virus has so far affected 100,000 devices in Denmark. Interestingly, it is coded not to attack any phone that has its language set to Russian. So, if you're looking for an educational way to avoid having the virus attack your handset, change its language to Russian and learn by doing.

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