Experts estimate more than 10 million Android devices around the world have been infected by the Hummingbird malware, which is linked to a Chinese company. David Jevans, VP of Mobile Security, Proofpoint commented below.
David Jevans, VP of Mobile Security at Proofpoint:
“Android consumers cannot tell if an app is malicious or in this case, if their phone has malware; however, if you use a consumer Android anti-malware tool then you can have better odds at seeing things as they are discovered. If your phone is infected with malware that roots your device, you must wipe your phone entirely and re-install the latest Android operating system. Your local cell phone store will likely need to help you with this process or you can buy a new phone.
For enterprises, it’s essential that they have a mobile risk security service such as Proofpoint TAP Mobile Defense. The service alerts enterprise users and administrators when new malicious apps and malware are found, quickly remediates any damage and prevents other users from being infected. Proofpoint Mobile Defense works with an enterprise’s mobile device management (MDM) system to automate these defenses.”