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More than 10 million Android smartphones and tablets worldwide – 260,128 in Thailand – have been infected with a particularly nasty piece of malware dubbed HummingBad.
According to cyber security firm Check Point, the HummingBad malware is capable of taking control of an Android smartphone or tablet in order to steal personal information and data including that from email accounts, contacts and online banking information, which can enable cyber criminals behind the malware to carry out identity theft.
The malware infects phones if the user happens to browse on the wrong site in what is known as a drive by download attack.
How to prevent HummingBad infecting your device?
The four main ways of avoiding the HummingBad malware are:
1.Do not download apps outside of the Google Play Store
2.Make sure anti virus software is installed on your device
3.Make sure your version of Android is up to date
4.Make sure all apps are up to date
How can you tell if HummingBad has already infected your device?
The first sign that HummingBadd has already infected your Android smartphone or tablet is that unusual looking ads will suddenly start being displayed.
You are also likely to receive a push notification urging you to download a new ‘system update’ or to download an app.
You may also start finding apps installed on your device that you didn’t download and the performance of your smartphone may suddenly take a turn for the worse.