Beware a newly discovered malicious app that pretends to update your phone but, in reality, is just a giant spyware application that can steal pretty much all your data while also monitoring your movements and online search history.
Simply called System Update, the Android app was discovered by researchers with mobile security firm Zimperium, who have classified it as a Remote Access Trojan (RAT)—a broad category of malware that typically allows a hacker to access and manipulate your device from afar.
This particular RAT is downloaded with the promise of helping you keep your device up to date but, instead, sends all your information back to a Command & Control server. Shridhar Mittal, Zimperium CEO, recently told TechCrunch that he thinks the app is part of a “targeted attack.”
“It’s easily the most sophisticated [RAT] we’ve seen,” Mittal told the outlet. “I think a lot of time and effort was spent on creating this app. We believe that there are other apps out there like this, and we are trying our very best to find them as soon as possible.”