Android Smartphones Pushed to Peril by Trojan that Leaks Personal Data to Multiple Contacts

December 10, 2014, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

We often deal with things that hand us good and bad stuff at the same time. A glimpse on your smartphone will give you a perfect example, if it is running Android OS. Customization offered by the Google OS has indeed been its USP, but at the same time, it has been found to send out invites for malicious activities too.

Google has taken the level of customization to higher ranks by giving away the permissions requested by an app at the time of its installation. Granting the requests to third-party apps has however caused serious threats, with the latest being a Trojan named Android SMSSEND. And you can imagine what it does from its name.

This Trojan virus is now spreading out on Android devices to leak personal data through SMS. Now here’s the even worse part of it; it can send SMS to multiple contacts in your list, or even to random international numbers that would only double the bills on your smartphone usage.

Android trojan

Cyber criminals could also benefit by having your data opened up to them by the means of Android SMSSEND.

Getting stolen from your smartphone could be details such as your banking details, passwords, IMEI number, device ID, device type, contact lists and even more. Alongside stealing and yelling out your data to the public, it could also add to the menace by installing spyware, tracking your location, crashing your smartphones and even turning off your firewall security.

Keeping a check on the source of your app at the time of intallation might be the best way to pull down the shutters on this Trojan.

Restraining yourself from installing third-party apps from anonymous sites and sources and making sure you are fully aware of the app permissions would be good.


Make sure your device is equipped with the latest updates, and also have your data backed up so as to skip this problem. System scanning software can ensure the safeguard of your device if run on a routine basis.

Users also need to keep their devices unplugged from anonymous and unsecure Wi-Fi connections, so as to keep their smartphones out of reach from the Android Trojan.

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