A nefarious breakthrough in mobile device software has occurred as a newly discovered spyware program which can actually track you after you’ve shut down your phone. Well yes even after you’ve shut down your phone.
A malware is software which is harmful to your device while a spyware is a program that gathers information about a user without its permission.
AVG an anti–virus software company spotted that the malware tricks the owners phone making them think that they have shut down their devices. On pressing the power button the infected phone calls up for a fake power off button on the screen. When tapped, the phone’s display, alerts, and notification lights and sound are actually powered off. While in this state, the spyware can make calls, take pictures, and send and receive messages.
This malware is hidden inside some apps found on Chinese markets. So, if you’re not downloading apps from third-party Chinese markets, you’re probably safe.
There were reports from some hackers and the government, looking into computer and Smartphone cameras remotely without owners being informed. But these types of hacks were performed while owners were aware their devices were on. The introduction of this new malware looks to ruin any piece of mind that you may have once gained after allegedly “shutting off” your phone.
The good news is that this creepy spyware wasn’t ever found or probably ever will be found in Google Play apps. Android has gone to great lengths to suppress such fraud and malicious apps in its market. You can scan them both before and after you’ve installed them on your Smartphone. Sticking to official Google app store can save you from this scary malware.
If this isn’t enough assurance for you, you can always pull off your Smartphone’s battery anytime to avoid the intrusion. We’re pretty sure there will be no malware workaround coming down the pipe for this trick.