There is bad news for those who use Android mobile phones. The world's 2.5 million Android phones have come in the grip of a virus named 'agent Smith'. This virus removes all applications installed in it without the need of phone users and uploads their infected version. Checkpoint Research, a company working in cyber security, has claimed that nearly 1.5 million smartphones infected with virus are in India alone.
The company claimed in its report to search for this new type of virus, claiming that it has worked with Google to deal with this virus. The company also said that all the infected apps have been removed from Google Play Store till the time this report is presented.
Jonathan Shimonwitch, Head of Mobile Threat Detection Research Wing of the company, said that this virus has mainly targeted the mobile phones of those who use Hindi, Arabic, Russian and Indonesian languages. As a result, the number of Indians affected by this virus is highest.
However, it has also been affected in other Asian countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh. The company says that a large number of phones have been infected with this virus even in Britain, the US and Australia. They have advised phone users to avoid downloading any application from the third party app store.
Spreading from fake advertisements, stealing banking details
Czech Point claimed that the 'dubbed agent Smith' virus is currently taking advantage of its wide reach in mobiles. The company said that it is capable of doing the job of robbing banking properties by displaying fake advertisements that provide financial benefits to users.