Up to 10 million Android smartphones have been infected by malware that generate fake clicks for advertising, say security researchers. This is another unfortunate blow to the credibility and authenticity of digital ad traffics numbers.
The malware is also installing apps and spying on the browsing habits of victims in the background with the goal of farming consumers as money making drones.At this time, the majority of phones that have been compromised are in China.
A large spike in the number of phones infected by malicious software was tracked by security companies Checkpoint and Lookout. Checkpoint said it had obtained access to the command-and-control malware servers that oversee infected phones which revealed that “Hummingbad” was now on about 10 million devices. The infections are concentrated in Asia with China, India, the Philippines and Indonesia topping the list of nations with most infections.
What to do? Since most malware infections are currently affecting the Android platform, adding security software to your smartphone device is crucial. A great review of five top software packages can be seen here: http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/top-android-security-apps/