AN ANDROID TROJAN that spreads through hacked web sites has been detected by security firm Lookout.
Dubbed 'Notcompatible', the malware was picked up by Lookout when the firm noticed suspicious apps targeting Android devices on hacked web sites.
Lookout said in a blog post that this is the first time it has seen a Trojan of this type being used to specifically target mobile devices.
"When a user visits infected websites from their Android device, a suspicious application automatically begins downloading. This is a new distribution method [as] hacked websites are frequently used to infect PCs with malware," it said.
The Notcompatible Trojan works by serving as a simple TCP relay or proxy while posing as a system update and depends on compromised web sites that have a hidden iframe at the bottom of each page.
"If a user visits a compromised website from an Android device, their mobile web browser will automatically begin downloading the NotCompatible application, named 'Update.apk'," advised the security company.
However, Lookout also said that the threat does not appear to cause "any direct harm" to the target device but could potentially be used to gain illicit access to private networks by turning an infected Android device into a web proxy.
"NotCompatible could be used to gain access to normally protected information or systems, such as those maintained by enterprise or government," it added. µ
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