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Beware: Fake Google Chrome Android malware stealing your photos and info

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An updated version of the XLoader malware for Android devices has been discovered by researchers at McAfee. This particular variant does not require any user interaction to launch once it is installed. To download and install the malware, users must click on a shortened URL included in an SMS text. The malware runs silently in the background and gains access to personal data on the Android device, including photos, messages, contacts, and potentially banking information. The malware is distributed through SMS texts and is fairly easy to spot. Google’s Play Protect service can provide protection against this malware if it is enabled on the Android device.

Key Points:

  • An updated version of the XLoader malware for Android devices has been discovered
  • The malware runs silently in the background and gains access to personal data on the Android device
  • The malware is distributed through SMS texts and is fairly easy to spot
  • Google’s Play Protect service can provide protection against this malware if it is enabled on the Android device
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