An Android virus signs you up for paid services without you realizing it
Alarm bells are ringing again among users of Android devices after the discovery of a malware that generates subscriptions to totally stealthy paid services. The discovery was made by 365 Defender Research, a division of Microsoft specializing in computer security.
What is the key to being protected As we will detail later in this review, to avoid fraud, you should update the operating system of the phone, if possible.
A dangerous malware on Android: the details of its actions
- The purpose of this malicious program is to steal money from user accounts.
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- To do this, it generates subscriptions to paid services, for example to the ad-free version of Spotify.
- As we pointed out, the subscriptions are made behind the back of the users, who do not notice the process and are not alerted by the system.
- In technical terms, the malware executes its fraud using a protocol that links the mobile connection to a legitimate system that providers use to charge for their services. To do this, the malware disconnects the device from the Wi-Fi network.
- The virus that was discovered in Android open subscription pages and fill in the necessary data.
- During that process, messaging services are disabled so that users do not receive any notifications.
- Victims find out about the scam once the bill arrives with the charges. Payments sometimes drag on for months as users are unaware of the malware’s actions and do not check the details of the automatic payments.
- Microsoft researchers explained that “due to the level of protection (of the permissions requested by the malware) they are configured within the parameters, the system automatically approves them”.
The key to avoid fraud is to update Android
From 365 Defender Research they indicated that the malicious program affects computers with Android 9 and earlier versions. In that sense, the best way to be protected is to update the operating system to newer versions, that is, Android 10 or later.
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“Until Android 9, these types of applications could go unnoticed. So if you’re running an older version of Android you’d better update your phone, or if there’s no update, at least install some kind of security app,” the site concludes. Telephone Arena adding a tip for users who do not access more news beyond version 9 of the Google mobile OS.