Android devices are all the rage these days. As the leading platform for smartphones, its open ecosystem is ripe for developers and phone manufacturers alike.
However, it’s also a new and easy way for hackers to gain access to your data.
Using remote access tools, or RATs, hackers can gain access to your address books, financial information, place phone calls to numbers that charge by the minute, or even snap video or photos of you with your cameras.
Computer forensics expert Gary Thomas warns of installing applications that could be nefarious.
“They embed malware code into a legit app,” Thomas said of the distribution method. “Then they (the hackers) put the edited app on a reputable or other site, maybe build links in social media that when people download the app, Voila! They get the app and the malware. Most antivirus programs or apps will NOT detect the embedded code because it is embedded in the real code.”
“.apk files that run ‘normal’ apps on Androids can be easily edited on the fly or embedded in Apps such as Angry Birds.” Thomas said. “Yes, Angry Birds will work, but so will the embedded apps that also reside inside their .apk file.”
Thomas says that you should never download apps from sources that you don’t trust.
If you think you may have been a victim of such an attack, contact Gary at ThomasForensics.com for a consultation.