As if people didn’t have enough malware to worry about, here comes yet another problem.
Digital’s best detectives have uncovered a malicious chunk of malware that takes aim at Android and seeks to leverage Google’s mammoth advertising network AdSense to do its dirty work.
“By simply viewing their favorite news sites over their morning coffee users can end up downloading last-browser-update.apk, a banking Trojan detected by Kaspersky Lab solutions as Trojan-Banker.AndroidOS.Svpeng.q,” the team of Mikhail Kuzin and Nikita Buchka revealed Monday. “There you are, minding your own business, reading the news and BOOM! – no additional clicks or following links required. And be careful – it’s still out there!”
And that’s not all. The Kaspersky crew says the malicious program is downloaded via Google’s AdSense advertising network, which is used by a massive number of companies to display ads on an even more massive number of websites.
For now, Google is playing it calm and quiet, but they are likely well aware of the issue and doing what can be done to curtail the problem. It should be noted, however, that the malware seems to have been designed with Russian users in mind as primary targets.
The bottom line for now, the Kaspersky team concludes, is to “be careful and use antivirus solutions.”