As we all know, the main factor that cyber attackers use to spread their malicious viruses is a huge user base, and currently, there is no better medium than android in terms of having a huge user base. And that's why android devices have become a prime target for cyber attackers to spread malicious viruses. Also, compared to other OS like iOS, android is open-source software that makes it easier for cyber attackers to customize it according to their needs.
Now since we understood why its android viruses, let's see what are different types of android viruses lately which are spreading and creating all this havoc −
It is a rootkit type malware that enters the user's android by embedding itself to an android application. After getting inside the user's system, it immediately gets root access to disguise itself from the security programs. It also comes with backdoor functionality which allows the cyber attackers to secretly install all the malicious apps on the device, uses the browser to navigate to different sites, and then steal all the information stored there.
It is also an Android Trojan-type malware that is mainly responsible for stealing banking information from user's applications like Gmail, Uber, Amazon, Netflix, swiggy, and many more. Currently, around 300 apps are existing which are already victims of this malware, and thousands of users are using this app.
It is also sometimes referred to as the GingerMaster, which is prevalent malware in today's time. It comprises 6% of the total malware attacks on Android OS. After entering the device, it installs its root space deep into the device partition to stay disguised from the user. This has grown so much in the last decade, specifically for various malicious purposes like stealing sensitive information, remotely controlling the device, spying on the user, etc. However, the prime reason why it is spreading so rapidly is that it gets itself combined with legitimate applications, and hence users unintentionally install it with them.
It is a type of Ransomware that can block the entire device and then encrypt all the files and applications present in t. it is the updated Android version of the famous FBI virus.
as the name suggests, this malicious program makes "dolphin browser" an alternative to your default existing browser. Dolphin browser is a fake browser containing Trojan, which defaults users for its services without asking for its permission. And here, mainly the users are forced to download this browser by unintentional redirections on appearing pop-ups.
It is also one of the most widely spread Android malware and is categorized under Trojan malware, responsible for 22% of Android malicious attacks every year. It has a considerable success rate because it appears to be an installer program, but it automatically sends premium-rate text messages after the execution.
It is one of the most dangerous banking malware, which was initially mainly detected for Bank Austria, but now it has various other forms for some popular banks all around the globe. After the infiltration, it would put the same legit-looking icon of the banking app, forcing the user to click on it and then ask the user to enter their credentials from which cyber attackers would steal data and do all kinds of phishing.
It is a family of viruses that attacks specifically Opera Browser and behaves as its downloader. Its cyber attacker then silently monitors the user's activities and sends premium-rate SMS through its device. It generally spreads through pop-ups, fake opera updates, etc.
It is a spyware-type malware known for spying on users, stealing sensitive data from their android device, and sending it primarily to the cyber attackers behind it. It also has the power to block data consumption monitoring in user's device.
It is an Android malware that can only infect the device running on or below Android 7.0. It can manage various functions on the user's device without their permission. It cannot be removed just by resetting the system. Only reflashing the entire firmware can remove it from the android.