Android Mobile Attack: Hacked Websites Target Android Users

Security researchers are warning about NotCompatible malware, which is being used in the first ever drive-by attack aimed at Android.


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SearchSecurity: Security researchers have discovered what they say is the first ever drive-by attack aimed at the Android platform. Android users who visit hacked sites are finding that their devices are automatically downloading a piece of malware known as "NotCompatible." However, before the installation can be completed, users must click to confirm that they want to install the malicious app, making it fairly easy for users to avoid becoming victims.

“This 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,” said mobile security vendor Lookout. “A device infected with NotCompatible could potentially be used to gain access to protected information or systems, such as those maintained by enterprise or government.”

Tags: security, Android, mobile, malware

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