How to spot the 5 signs your Android has malware….it could be from Government “Hacktivists”


We’ve been following the recent attacks on Tibetans which started as email phishing some months ago. Surprisingly, these attacks may have come from the Chinese government! Researchers believe the Chinese government may be motivated to significantly ramp up their eavesdropping of Tibetan activists in light of the growing number of self-immolations, in which activists set themselves on fire in protest of Chinese oppression. Chinese authorities are seeking to crack down on the practice because it generally brings widespread attention to the Tibetan’s cause.


Reporter Dan Kaplan at SC Magazine wrote an article this week claiming that mobile devices appear to be the main tool to organize these protests. This incident demonstrates the amount of attackers to rapidly adopt techniques in response to changes in the communication methods used by targeted communities. CITEWorld’s Christopher Nerney also wrote an article about the suspected Android malware as a new avenue for Chinese hackers. He believes anyone who installs certain applications on an Android device is vulnerableincluding enterprise workers.


PCMag’s SecurityWatch published an article by Max Eddy to help mobile device users spot the 5 signs of Android malware;


1.       Racked up phone bills.

·         Most of mobile malware is SMS Fraud (signs the user up for paid MS services). An outrageous phone bill is definitely indicative of mobile malware, but keeping a close watch on all your bills is a smart idea. Phantom credit card charges or mysterious subscription fees are a sign that something isn’t right.

2.        Data Plan Spikes

·         Most malware doesn’t want to just sit on your phone, it either wants the data on your phone or it wants to use your phone to transmit information to somewhere else. This activity may come in the form of noticeable spikes on your data plan bill.

3.       Battery Drain

·         This is one of the harder symptoms to notice, since most mobile users have experienced some kind of battery issue their devices. Malware can give itself away because batteries drain quicker than usual with such e-threats installed. This is because malware usually carries on its activities in the background, effectively making your device work double-time.

4.      Performance Clogging

·         Depending on device hardware specifications, malware infestation may cause serious performance problems as it tries to read, write or broadcast data. A good way to check is through the settings menu, tapping on Apps, and swiping over to the Running section. Here, all your running apps are displayed alongside the amount of RAM they are using. It also shows you the amount of RAM available.

5.      Dropped Calls and Disruptions

·         By its nature, malware isn’t always designed to play nice with the other functions of your phone. Dropped calls or strange disruptions during a conversation might reveal the existence of mobile malware that’s interfering.


Hopefully these tips will help determine whether your Android has become infected with malware. Thoughts or comments on this week’s latest news? Reach the Appthority team on Twitter at @GetAppthority.