Cyber security experts have warned Android smartphone users in India about the a tricky virus ‘Dendroid’, which could literally demolish their phone. It belongs to the deadly ‘Trojan’ family, which if activated, could change the command and control server of the Android phone and intercept the outgoing and incoming SMSes. The malware is created by modifying the required permissions by a clean APK (Android Application Package) with Dendroid RAT functionality, which allows complete control of the infected device, says the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT—In) in its latest advisory to Android phone users.
CERT-In is the apex agency to combat hacking, phishing and to fortify the defences of the Indian Internet domain. The virus is street-smart due to resemblance to the name Android. The virus can do many malicious things. It can change the command and control server, delete call records, open web pages, dial any number, record calls and audios, intercept SMSes, upload images and video to a remote location and open an application.
The malware is controlled by the attacker through Dendroid Toolkit. Dendroid is a HTTP RAT, having a sophisticated PHP administration panel and an application APK binder package.