TECHNOLOGY

New virus known as ‘AbstractEmu’ destroying android devices- NCC warns

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned the general public about a new virus terrorising android devices.

The Commission issued the warning through Ikechukwu Adinde, the NCC Spokesman, who gave the name of the malware to be AbstractEmu, said it is capable of invading phones, altering its settings and bypassing security restrictions.

It was discovered by Nigerian Computer Emergency Response Team (ngCERT), the national agency established by the Federal Government to manage the risks of cyber threats in Nigeria.

The NCC said the virus can be gotten from Google Play Store and third-party stores such as the Amazon Appstore and the Samsung Galaxy Store, as well as other lesser-known marketplaces like Aptoide and APKPure.

NCC warned that once installed, the attack chain is designed to leverage one of five exploits for older Android security flaws that would allow it to gain root permissions. It also takes over the device, installs additional malware, extracts sensitive data, and transmits to a remote attack-controlled server.

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