What is this Agent Smith? Is it related to Matrix?

Recently a New virus has been found which is known as Agent Smith. This app hides like WhatsApp, Hotstar, Jiotv, Flipkart, Operamini and other apps.

This attack has occurred majorly in India, Pakistan and other Asian countries. Nearly 25million Android devices have been affected by this virus.

Agent Smith uses permissions which users blindly approve. The infected app modifies its name to something that looks more “authentic” like Google Updater or Google Themes or something else with Google in it.

And it also starts injecting its code into the bits of other popular apps like WhatsApp and Flipkart. This code is then used to serve more ads to users.

Now the question arises how to detect this virus. Well, you can’t detect it. But you can take precaution such as downloading the app from google play store and glance at the permissions the app is asking for, also if you are updating the app check the permission again before updating.

I know lots of users install the apps from 3rd party. After downloading the app upload it to VirusTotal and scan it. There is 62-64 antivirus on this server which will detect whether the app is safe or not based on that you can install it.

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