At least 10 million Android devices are infected with a Chinese malware called Hummingbird according to a report from security company Check Point.
According to Check Point, the malware was developed by a Chinese advertising company. The benefit to the company is that this malware inserts ads and directs users to sites featuring ads that generate $300,000 a month in ad revenue.
Hummingbird affects all versions of Android. It’s a sophisticated piece of malware that can take control of your device, change permissions, and even install unwanted apps.
Phones are infected by what is call a “drive-by download attack” when they visited certain websites. So far it appears the malware has only been used to boost ad revenue, but there’s nothing stopping these guys from selling access to the phones to the highest bidder.
That’s why it’s a good idea to have an Android security program like Zone Alarm or Avast Mobile installed on your phone. You can find them for free in the Google Play store. Both can let you know if you have any suspicious apps installed on your phone.
Just as with a PC, you do need to be careful what you click on and where you go on your phone or tablet.