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In Romania, about 30% of Android viruses send sms to numbers surcharge

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Almost 30% of malware detected on terminals with Android send SMS to special numbers premium rate, according to a report by experts Bitdefender Romania on terminals equipped with Bitdefender Mobile Security solution. Thus, viruses Android.Trojan.SMSSend family ranks first in the top threats in July.

In Romania standings, viruses that send sms to over-charge numbers are followed by Exploit.RATC.A which is one of the most popular ways to deboca (the root) phones running Android. The process allows certain applications access to vital resources of the operating system. If a Trojan infection, they will have root privileges on the device, which can lead to data loss.

'' Usually phones that have been released are the most susceptible to infection with viruses. Also, the main source of threats for Android is the application downloaded from the marketplace unofficial sites,'' said Alan Arsene, Sr. Mobile Malware Researcher at BitDefender.

Fakeinst.I Trojan was detected on 8.68% of the mobile terminals and the damage they can bring significant. It claims to be a browser, antivirus or instant messaging program for mobile phones. Once the user downloads and installs the application, the virus starts sending SMS messages to premium rate numbers. It changes regularly and image size to not be recognized, however remains dangerous configuration.

Following three detections reported Exploit.GingerBreak.A, Exploit.Asroot.A and B are also used to unlock mobile applications with Android. Although in many cases the user is aware of the exploits and uses it voluntarily, its code is integrated into various types of malware.

The report also reveals a high percentage of applications that aggressive displays advertisements. Approximately 89.1% of the items identified are adware applications aimed at promoting various products and services.

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