A new Android malware has surfaced that’s pretending to shut of your device as a masquerade to steal data. So the next time you tap the ‘Power Off’ option on your Andy smartphone, you might want to get the battery off just to be certainÂ ! At least that’s how serious this new virus makes things look. Antivirus company AVG has identified a malicious app that fakes the sequence a user sees when they turn their device off. This consequently gives the rogue program the freedom it needs to go around stealing sensitive data. When an Android smartphone or tablet user hits the power button on a device, a fake dialog box is presented. The program then mimics the shutdown animation, so the device appears to be off. Thus, although the screen on the smartphone will be off and black, the device itself will be on. When speaking to members of the press about the issue, the AVG mobile malware research team said that the malware was able to make outgoing calls, capture pictures and as well perform other actions without pre-notifying the user.
What's my model number?
There are several ways to locate your model number:
- Option 1
- On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
- Option 2
- Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
- Option 3
- Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool