A new variant of the XLoader malware has been discovered, capable of automatically launching on infected Android smartphones without user interaction.
This strain can extract sensitive data such as photos, messages, and contact lists. Distributed through shortened links in text messages, XLoader impersonates Google Chrome to gain permissions and evade detection. It can even extract phishing messages from Pinterest profiles.
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Users are advised to avoid sideloading apps, be cautious with permissions, limit app installations, and rely on security measures like Google Play Protect and Android antivirus apps. The evolving nature of XLoader underscores the importance of vigilance against malicious software on Android devices.
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