Android Malware Godless Is Scary, But There’s More To It

Android Malware Godless Is Scary, But There’s More To It
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Several reports have sprung up in the previous week about a malware attacking Android devices. Dubbed as “Godless,” the threat is said to target devices on Android Lollipop, and while some may fear what it could, a new report suggests that people should not be too worried about it.


New Android Malware Found

“We came across a family of mobile malware called Godless (detected as ANDROIDOS_GODLESS.HRX) that has a set of rooting exploits in its pockets. By having multiple exploits to use, Godless can target virtually any Android device running on Android 5.1 (Lollipop) or earlier. As of this writing, almost 90% of Android devices run on affected versions,” claimed security firm TrendMicro in the previous week.

“Based on the data gathered from our Trend Micro Mobile App Reputation Service, malicious apps related to this threat can be found in prominent app stores, including Google Play, and has affected over 850,000 devices worldwide,” it added.

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No Need to Worry

Although the claim may have caused panic among users, Android Central argues that people shouldn’t be as worried. While the malware attacks “virtually any device running on Android 5.1 or earlier” and around 89.9 percent are at risk, the numbers and potential targets will eventually drop as people jump to the Android Marshmallow boat.

Additionally, while some may be running Android 5.1 or earlier, it does not mean they cannot have security measures in check to prevent the attack. Google also has the “Verify Apps” feature to put aside potentially risky apps. There are also monthly security updates that will not trigger the new version.

Furthermore, the report also claimed that when it analyzed the open-source framework that runs Godless, there are around 200 models from the 14,000 plus Android devices on the market that can be attacked. The Android 5.1.1 also offer patches to the exploits used in the malware that can reduce user’s chances of risks as well.

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