The malware arrives pre-installed on handsets that are bought in their millions by typically low-income households. The malware found on android smartphones installs malicious code known as xHelper which then finds subscription services and submits fraudulent requests on behalf of users, doing so invisibly and without the user’s knowledge. About 200,000 Tecno smartphones are affected even though this threat was only found on 53,000 phones. It was discovered that over 19.2 million suspicious transactions has been recorded since march 2019 from over 200,000 unique devices. The xHelper Trojan persists across reboots, app removals and even factory resets, making it extremely difficult to deal with.
On 15th October, 2020, the database of a government agency was leaked online via Twitter and Pastebin by a hacker group called “Anonymous”. On accessing some of the database files, it was observed that, the attacker exploited an SQL Injection vulnerability by dumping the database records into a file.
The antivirus giant gave an insight into a planned massive cyber-attacks by some hacking firms. The plan attacks likely targets are military, education, health care and diplomatic institution in Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya.