The malicious apps provide exactly the same functionality as the legitimate apps they impersonate, Lookout said, and can secretly root a phone and itself as a system application, making it "virtually impossible to get rid of".Via: The Inquirer
Once up and running, adverts will be thrown up on the smartphone screen, and the hackers behind the adware will even be able to install apps on the device without consent.
Michael Bentley, Lookout's head of research and response, said: "These malicious apps root the device unbeknownst to the user. To add insult to injury, victims will likely not be able to uninstall the malware, leaving them with the option of seeking professional help to remove it or simply purchasing a new device."
Aggressive Android adware gives itself root access
Posted on Monday, Nov 09 2015 @ 11:55 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck