Agent Smith spreads through third-party apps like 9Apps, posing as a genuine app
The malware has infected 25 million smartphone devices globally
Agent Smith is a new Android malware that has infected around 25 million devices globally that includes 15 million devices spread through third-party app stores like 9Apps, a malicious virus is infecting Android phones by hiding itself in apps like WhatsApp.
- Once on phone, it changes its name to something Google, like Google Updater
- Agent Smith mainly targeted Arabic, Hindi, Indonesian speakers
- Majority of the malware's victims are based in India and neighboring countries like Bangladesh and Pakistan
The way Agent Smith works in scary and ingenious. Check Point reveals that Agent Smith mostly spreads through third-party app stores like 9Apps. Google's own Play store is regulated in a better way, something that makes it difficult -- but not impossible -- for malicious code or virus-like Agent Smith to spread on Android phones.