New Android malware can wipe your phone

By March 28, 2016 Uncategorized

The smartphone. It seems like the last safe haven from online security threats. As yours rests snugly in your pocket, you’d never think a virus, Trojan, or other malware could touch it. Even if one did, you think, how much damage could it really cause? Well, we’ve got some bad news for Android users: New malware can cause catastrophic damage to your phone and data. In fact, it can wipe out all your personal data completely. Here’s the full scoop on this terrifying malware, and some simple tips to prevent it from infecting your Android.

How does it work?
Mazar, as the malware is known, spreads exclusively via links in a text message. If you click on the link, Tor software is downloaded, which hides the source of the malware by allowing anonymous Internet connections. Then, with little chance of being noticed, Mazar is downloaded onto your phone.

What’s the risk?
Not only can Mazar erase all your personal data, but it can also wreak havoc on your phone in other ways. If your Android is infected, the malware can secretly monitor your device, send text messages, and take control of your settings and keys. Similar to Trojan malware, Mazar creates a back door to your smartphone that cyber criminals can enter. Once the hacker is in, he can control your Android.

How can you protect your Android?
If the language setting of your phone is set to Russian, you’re safe. So… unless you’re looking to take up a second language, the best security measure is to be cautious of all text messages you receive on your phone. Just like your mother taught you not to talk to strangers, you should also avoid clicking on their links. But you should also be wary of texts from friends because, as most of us know, hackers can easily disguise themselves as those close to us.

Lastly, there is one small, practical step that may help prevent Mazar from infecting your Android. Simply switch off the security setting that allows apps from unknown sources to be installed on your phone.

As an MSP provider, we know how stressful security issues can be. The worry can cause you to lose focus and be less productive. That’s why we want our customers to know that we’re always there to offer security tips and solutions to keep your data safe. Whether you’re looking for a security solution for your Android or for your business, give us a call and we’re happy to give you some peace of mind.