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All about Lipizzan, the new malware that controls your Android remotely

The Android system is quite secure, but that doesn't mean it is immune to threats from third party apps. So much so that Google itself has now identified a host of applications infected with Lipizzan, named for new malware that can root your smartphone and control it remotely. Understand below.

Google has issued a report warning about Lipizzan in recent days and, according to the company, it is able to automatically root the device to control it by third parties. Its Godless-like operation, which controlled the device remotely through the resources provided by the super user.

Lipizzan takes advantage of vulnerabilities that arise on rooted smartphones, thus accessing emails, messengers like WhatsApp, Snapchat and also the location of the user. In general, this access is made so that malware, which behaves like spyware, can access the device's microphone, camera and also to get user data.

According to Google, these are the accesses exploited by Lipizzan:

  • Call Recording
  • VOIP Recording
  • Recording from device microphone
  • Location Monitoring
  • Take screenshots
  • Take photos with device camera (s)
  • Obtain user information (contacts, call logs, SMS, application specific data)

Below is the complete list of applications that are exploited by applications infected with Lipizzan:

  • Gmail
  • Hangouts
  • KakaoTalk
  • LinkedIn
  • Messenger
  • Skype
  • Snapchat
  • StockEmail
  • Telegram
  • Threema
  • Viber
  • Whatsapp

How to Use Lipizzan Malware

Google has published in its blog that about 100 devices are infected with Lipizzan, that is, devices that installed the infected apps and that represent 0.000007% of the devices that run with the OS. These infected applications have already been removed from the Play Store and Big G will fix the holes exploited by malware in the next security package.

In addition to the small number of infected smartphones, Lipizzan can only explore older versions of Android, such as 4.0 or 2.3. Because these apps have been able to bypass the store's security verification system, Google warns of new threats in this regard, as they will be found after a period of analysis and not immediately.

All care little in this case.

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