‘Skygofree’ is the new Android malware that’s spreading worldwide.
Kaspersky Lab is reporting that a new type of malware called Skygofree is now infecting Android users at an alarming rate. They even said that it might be one of the most powerful spyware tools they’ve seen.
Skygofree can infect your Android smartphone by visiting a fake website. This usually happens when a website looks like an exact copy of the website you were supposed to visit and usually accessible when you misspell the URL (mistyping yahoo.com to yhoo.com). These fake website will then prompt you to install something on your smartphone, which usually comes as a recommended security patch to fool the user in installing it.
Once installed, malware like Skygofree can automatically record audio on your calls, connect to various hotspot without your consent or wise, take images and video without you knowing about it.
But as you can see, Skygofree won’t be able to infiltrate your device if you don’t give it permission to install itself. On newer versions of Android, specific permissions need to be approved by the user before it can be installed – if you see any suspicious apps asking for such permissions, you can simply ignore them or don’t allow it to access specific hardware resources.
Like they said, prevention is still better than cure right?