No, we haven’t just dropped into the Matrix and no, Keanu Reeves, although breathtaking, won’t save you from the Agent Smith Malware. In short, new Malware affecting mobile devices, dubbed as Agent Smith Malware, has recently surfaced and infected over 25 million devices.
This is according to a press release by security firm Check Point, which explains that the Agent Smith malware searches for typical apps on your device and changes them to malicious versions, with fake advertisements, all to make money off unsuspecting users. Check Point’s head of mobile threat detection research, Jonathan Shimonovich, explained that:
At the time of writing, the Agent Smith Malware has infected over 25 million devices, 15 million of which are based in India. However, that is mostly in regions like US, Europe and Australia. No specific mention of South African was given. This malware gets on your device if you use third-party app stores, with 9App specifically mentioned.
For those who don’t want Agent Smith on your mobile device, changing your apps and causing all kinds of chaos, I would suggest you steer clear of third-party app sites for a while. The report by the security firm did mention that Check Point has worked closely with Google and right now, no malicious apps remain on the Play Store.
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