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Android Virus Can Own Your PC, Hijacks Your Microphone - Breaking Analysis

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Published on Feb 4, 2013

Android users - beware of downloading apps that contain viruses! Which apps should you avoid? Here to comment on this mobile virus story is SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto.


*# We've seen malware for PCs that infects mobile devices, but it turns out there's also malware for mobile devices designed to infect PCs. Kaspersky researchers have discovered a new piece of Android malware that does just that. John, what can you tell us about this latest virus?




*# Can you explain to us how the malware infects someone's PC once their phone is connected via USB?


*# The security firm says the malware has the most "extensive feature set" it has ever seen in one mobile app. How much damage can this virus do to your Android phone?


*# So is there any way a user can tell that the app they've installed is malware, just based on looking at their phone or how the phone is behaving?




*# Now are all Android devices susceptible to this virus or only certain ones?


*# Once your phone has been infected, is there any way to get the virus off your phone? How can you clean up both your phone and your PC from this?


*# We understand this app was out on the Google Play store. Do you think this will cause a drop in traffic to this site once users learn there could potentially be other malware disguised in apps out there?




*# Do you have any advice to Android users about what to watch for when selecting apps to download?

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