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New malware, AbstractEmu, attacking android devices – NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has alerted Nigerian telecom users of a new Android malware in devices.

The Director of Public Affairs of the NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, revealed this in a statement issued late on Monday, saying the malware is named ‘AbstractEmu’.

He said, “AbstractEmu has been found to be distributed via Google Play Store and third-party stores such as the Amazon Appstore and the Samsung Galaxy Store, as well as other lesser-known marketplaces like Aptoide and APKPure.

“The advisory stated that a total of 19 Android applications that posed as utility apps and system tools like password managers, money managers, app launchers, and data saving apps have been reported to contain the rooting functionality of the malware.

“The apps are said to have been prominently distributed via third-party stores such as the Amazon Appstore and the Samsung Galaxy Store, as well as other lesser-known marketplaces like Aptoide and APKPure. The apps include All Passwords, Anti-ads Browser, Data Saver, Lite Launcher, My Phone, Night Light and Phone Plus, among others.”

He noted that the malware can “modify the phone settings to give app ability to reset the device password, or lock the device, through device admin; draw over other windows; install other packages; access accessibility services; ignore battery optimisation; monitor notifications; capture screenshots; record device screen; disable Google Play Protect; as well as modify permissions that grant access to contacts, call logs, Short Messaging Service (SMS), Geographic Positioning System (GPS), camera, and microphone.”

The NCC listed a two-fold advisory in order to mitigate the risks, saying users should be wary of installing unknown or unusual apps, and look out for different behaviours as they use their phones.

Furthermore, the NCC said users should reset phone to factory settings when there is suspicion of unusual behaviours.

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