New Android Malware Floods Devices with Ads After Posing as Legit Apps

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Oct 21, 2015 09:00 pm PST

Newly discovered Android malware dubbed Kemogeis capable of flooding infected devices with unwanted advertisements. The malware is seeded in what looks like legitimate apps that are being offered on third-party app stores, with users being tricked into installing the Kemoge-containing apps through advertisements.

[su_note note_color=”#ffffcc” text_color=”#00000″]Tim Erlin, Director of Security and Product Management at Tripwire :

“Android’s support for third party app stores is a double-edged sword. Users gain the benefits of a broad eco-system of app providers, but the cost can be very high when they download an infected app.

Kemoge is unusual in that so far its objective seems to be actually serving ads, rather than some other nefarious purpose. It does collect device information, such as the IMEI, which may have value for other fraudulent use. We may see the results of this malware’s infection rate further down the road.”[/su_note][su_box title=”About Tripwire” style=”noise” box_color=”#336588″]Tripwire logoTripwire is a leading provider of advanced threat, security and compliance solutions that enable enterprises, service providers and government agencies to confidently detect, prevent and respond to cybersecurity threats. Tripwire solutions are based on high-fidelity asset visibility and deep endpoint intelligence combined with business-context and enable security automation through enterprise integration. Tripwire’s portfolio of enterprise-class security solutions includes configuration and policy management, file integrity monitoring, vulnerability management and log intelligence.[/su_box]