A NEW AND VIRULENT strain of Android malware threatens to bork entire corporate networks by infecting just a single device.
Mobile security specialist Lookout has warned that the latest incarnation of the NotCompatible virus is capable of giving its masters control over any device in a corporate network and stealing the data, and yet is extremely difficult to detect by conventional means.
The hackers infect one machine using good old drive-by downloads, i.e. dodgy downloads from compromised email addresses. From there it spreads across the network stealing credentials and then hiring them out, usually to spambots.
The upshot of this is generally that your great auntie Nora sends you an email asking if you'd like a bigger dinkle.
Lookout has been tracking the growth of NotCompatible, which was last seen in 2013. "NotCompatible.C has set a new bar for mobile malware sophistication and operational complexity," the firm said.
"The command infrastructure and communication perseveres and self-protects through redundancy and encryption, making it elusive and enduring. It’s an earthworm with its tail cut off that regenerates and thrives."
Which rings with so much admiration that it almost sounds like a press release to sell us the virus. We nearly bought 24 cases of it.
If you are asked to download an attachment to an email, heck knows, you probably shouldn't. µ
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