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Malware Is Still Spying On You Even When Your Mobile Is Off

 

Newly discovered Android malware hijacks your phone when you believe you have switched it off.

Most of us have seen Hollywood movies where hackers trace and spy on mobile devices even though they are switched off. Like most things in spy movies, we disregard it as fiction.

However, the AVG mobile security team recently discovered malware that may challenge this preconception. The malware hijacks the shutdown process and the device remains functional even though it appears to be off.

First seen in China, the malware spreads through Chinese app stores with around 10,000 devices infected so far.

The malware affects versions of Android older than v.5 (Lollipop) and requires root permission to hijack the shut down process.

After pressing the power button, the phone displays an authentic shutdown animation, and the phone appears off. Although the screen is black, it is still on.

While the phone is in this state, the malware can make outgoing calls, take pictures and perform many other tasks without notifying you.

 

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