New malware on Google Play: its name is Xavier and is in more than 800 free applications

Android security, over the years, has been challenged by the sheer number of attacks it has been victimized and the vulnerabilities that have been found.

New malware on Google Play: its name is Xavier and is in more than 800 free applications

Interestingly enough, this continuous information has made the operating system more and more solid in terms of security.

Even so, it can still continue to improve, as some malware that has been with us for a long time has been detected. The most recent of these elements is called Xavier and is in more than 800 free applications of Google Play stealing information of the devices.

TrendMicro security experts have found Xavier, a malware found in more than 800 free applications on Google Play.

TrendMicro security experts have found this malware, called Xavier, installed in more than 800 free Google Play applications, and its function is, in short, to steal data from our devices such as the operating system version, the device model, or The operator of our SIM card, among others.

Xavier, however, was not always a malicious program; instead, it was simply aware that got into free apps to allow its developers to generate revenue through ads (so do not get into apps payment). Throughout these two years, Xavier (that in its beginning was called Joymobile) has been evolving until what is now, malware really difficult to detect.

During the time it has been changing, Xavier has acquired the ability to evade detection by security programs, download executable codes from a remote server, steal sensitive information, and even install other APKs.

In the latter case, if the user has his terminal rooted, he can do it silently.

Xavier is in any type of free application, ranging from photo editors to wallpapers or apps to change the ringtone. At the moment it is present mainly in Vietnam and the Philippines, leaving Europe and United States with a few percentages (you can see the data in the above capture.

Until Google can work on a definitive solution to this problem, it is best only to download apps from trusted developers, read the comments before installing it and keep the device up to date as the manufacturer allows.

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