File photo: 3D printed Android logo is shown in front of a cyber-code in this image is 22 March 2016. (REUTERS/dado Ruvic)
Security researchers have spotted a strain of Android malware that can physical damage to your phone.
The Loapi malware do that by maxing out of the processor computing power and overheating of your device. On Monday, security researchers from Kaspersky Lab posted photos of the malware which a test battery to sit down after a two-day period.
The overheating is coming from the malware the ability to secretly mine a virtual currency called Monero and deposit the money to the hackers. The constant mining will both hog the CPU resources and the power to be too much work.
Hackers are dressing up the Loapi malware fake Android apps that pretend to offer antivirus protection or pornographic content.
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Once installed, the malware will persistently ask for administrative rights to the user agrees. From there, you will occur if an antivirus product, or to hide himself away from the menu of the smartphone.
The Loapi malware is very annoying. It will fight off attempts to pull the device manager privileges by locking the screen, closing the settings window, or threatens to erase the memory of the phone. The malware will even flag legitimate anti-virus apps as malicious, and recommend that the user delete them.
The Loapi malware was also designed with a whole array of possibilities. Not only it can mine cryptocurrency, but it can also fill your phone with ads, use of the device to launch a distributed denial-of-servce (DDoS) attack, and take control of the phone TEXT messages.
“We have never seen such a’ jack of all trades,” the security researchers wrote in their Monday on his blog.
The researchers spotted Loapi installed apps advertised online, but not on the official Google Play Store. Their blog post contains the 19 different domains where the apps are organised.
Security experts also recommend that users stay away from unofficial app stores for their tendency to have the host software loaded with malware.
This article originally appeared on PCMag.com.