Security company warns that infected websites are downloading a new Android Trojan
Security software developer Lookout has identified a new Trojan affecting Android devices.
The company said it found the NotCompatible Trojan, which poses as a system update, on a number of hacked websites. When a person visits the site using their Android device, the malicious software automatically tries to download.
Lookout said this was the first time it has seen cyber criminals using a drive-by download as a method of attack for mobile Android devices rather than PCs.
It said that although the "threat does not currently appear to cause any direct harm to a target device, but could potentially be used to gain illicit access to private networks by turning an infected Android device into a proxy."
It said Android users that have installed its free security app are protected from this malicious software. However, it "is actively investigating the infected websites and suspicious behaviour". People can visit the company's blog post for regular updates on this security alert.
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