Google Play Services 16.7.94 Beta Update Available with Software Improvements

Remigio Civitarese
Апреля 16, 2019

Last week, evidence was uncovered that Google planned to distribute system updates using the Play Store.

Android has been subject to some high profile security alerts, such as the Judy malware campaign which saw up to 36.5million devices infected.

The Android phones have been attacked via dozens of apps that were located on the Google Play Store.

The security researchers discovered a unsafe strain of malware of about 25 apps on the Google Play Store and "the malware was dubbed Exodus and had some terrifying functionality with it capable of rooting devices and boasting advanced spying features", the online publication mentioned above writes.

Not only was Exodus capable of gathering phone numbers and sending it to external servers, it could severely compromise a device after rooting it. Like this malware will be capable of extracting passwords from phones, creating local video and audio recordings, as well as accessing contact details and chat logs.

In order to root devices, Exodus used an exploit that was called DirtyCOW which was patched by Google back in 2016.

The malware was dubbed Exodus and has some terrifying functionality with it capable of rooting devices and boasting advanced spying features.

Thankfully, Google took care of things and removed the 25 apps which had the Exodus on board. Up till recent updates Exodus is restricted to collecting data accessible to other apps.

The existence of Exodus was revealed in a post online after an investigation by Security Without Borders and Motherboard.

According to reports sent to us, and a few on Reddit, a "Google System Update" notification is appearing on Pixels running Android Q Beta 2.

In a post online the IT security firm Lookout said: "For the past year, Lookout researchers have been tracking Android and iOS surveillance-ware, that can exfiltrate contacts, audio recordings, photos, location, and more from devices".

"The iOS versions were available outside the app store, through phishing sites, and abused the Apple Developer Enterprise programme".

Following the exposure of Exodus Google took action and removed almost 25 apps from its Google Play Store.

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