Agent Smith is the name of a new Android Malware that replaces legitimate apps with clones infested with adware according to a report from Checkpoint who thinks the malware has already infected about 25 million Android users.
Yesterday, @CheckPointSW published this excellent report about a new malware called “Agent Smith”. When I read it something hit me, @WhatsApp is vulnerable to the 2 years old Janus vulnerability! This is huge, WHAT ARE YOU DOING AT WHATSAPP? 1/n https://t.co/AEtY32eoVs
— Elliot Alderson (@fs0c131y) July 12, 2019
Usman Rahim, Digital Security and Operations Manager at The Media Trust:
“Agent Smith taps into the growing convergence of adware and malware. Bad actors are using adware to commit various forms of fraud and identification theft. One thing is for sure, app providers should carefully vet the adware vendors they work with if they want to protect their brands and their revenue. As the recent GDPR fines show, being the victim of a hack can put you in regulatory trouble to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. In this regulatory environment, there simply is no other defense than knowing who you’re working with and what they’re doing to your users.”