Android has become the fastest selling Smartphone, outpacing the
Iphone and eclipsing the Windows 8 phone. This has made the phone a
more attractive target for cyber criminals.
A recent malware attack called OBAD has taken the attack on
androids even farther. Once in place, it can take control of the
phone receiving commands from a malicious control center for what
ever purpose the criminals wish. Not only that, you can't
uninstall it because the code is controlling the normal functions of
On a good note, users have one opportunity to catch and stop the
installation of OBAD. before it can take control, it the end
user must allow administrative access. In this particular
scenario, if the request is denied by the user, it will continue to
pester them until they relent and give access. Once access is
granted, it becomes an ingrained part of the Android OS and will
become invisible to the user. Of course it still can steal
contacts and other information on the phone, install and uninstall
apps, access wifi and bluetooth all without the owner's knowledge.
Things such as banking apps become vulnerable to the malware.
Due to the nature of this malicious code, smart phones that
have access to company data will place the security of the data
There are special removal procedures available to combat a
OBAD infected android.
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