A new type of malware, Ghost Push has been discovered which now said to have infected 1.3 million devices globally including 1,44,199 devices in India.
Cheetah Mobile, which claims to be the the fourth largest publisher of applications worldwide and is the maker of Clean Master and CM Security apps, claimed to have discovered the malware. As per Cheetah Mobile, the malware is being distributed through non-Google app stores and has affected 14,846 types of phone and 3,658 brands. Quoting CM Security Research Lab, it said that the malware is the the most widespread and infectious virus it’s seen to date.
“Ghost Push installs unwanted applications like ‘Monkey test’ or ‘Times service’ on the device. These applications cannot be removed easily even by doing a factory reset or using normal antivirus software. The malware slows down the system, drains the battery and consumes large amounts of cellular data. Disguised as legitimate applications, Ghost Push can spread itself widely via commercial SDKs or browser ads,â€ Cheetah Mobile revealed in a press release.
“The virus is mainly spread through Europe, Russia, the Middle East region, and southern China and so far 39 apps have been discovered by the Cheetah Mobile team that contain Ghost Push virus,â€ it further added.
Meanwhile, Cheetah Mobile claimed that its Clean Master and CM Security apps can now detect the infection. CM Security Research Lab is also currently developing a toolkit aimed specifically at Ghost Push removal, which will keep the phone safe.
For more information about the Ghost Push malware and how to remove it you can visit the Cheetah Mobile blog.