The CERT-In is the nodal agency to combat hacking, phishing and to fortify security-related defences of the Indian Internet domain. Security experts say the virus is street-smart because it has a striking resemblance to the name Android.
The agency said upon installation of this malicious application, a remote attacker could “completely compromise the affected Android-based smartphone and could control it remotely”.
The virus can perform a number of malicious activities. “It can change the command and control server, delete call logs, open web pages, dial any number, record calls and audio, SMS interception, upload images and video to remote location and open an application,” the advisory said, categorising the virus as an “attack toolkit”. The agency has suggested some countermeasures to thwart the ill-attempts of the latest virus including keeping a check on the overall usage and any unsatisfactory rise in the user’s mobilephone bill. “Do not download and install applications from untrusted sources, install applications downloaded from reputed application market only, run a full system scan on device with mobile security solution or mobile antivirus solution, check for the permissions required by an application before installing,.” (PTI)