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Irremovable Android Malware

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New There's a new type of malware designed for Android devices.  It disguises itself as a popular app, but gives hackers root access to your phone, and it's nearly impossible to get rid of it.

The malware has already been detected in over 20,000 apps all around the world.  The apps containing the malware use code from legit apps like Facebook and Twitter, but include the malware are are available for download on third party app sources.  So far, Google Play's apps appear to be unaffected, so the main thing to take from this at the moment is that you shouldn't download apps for your Android phones and tablets from anywhere other than Google Play.

The hidden malware in the apps allows root access to the operating system then installs exploits as system applications, which makes it extremely difficult to get rid of.  One could go so far as to say it's nearly impossible for the average user.  The malware injected into the Android devices are Shedun, ShiftyBug and Shuanet, which serve up unwanted ads.  The good news is that it's a relatively benign thing to do, however since hackers have root access, it's not a leap to believe that this situation could be further exploited to capture data and more down the road.