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Government Alert: Malicious ‘Daam’ Virus Targets Android Phones, Steals Call Records and Passwords

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In a recent advisory, the Indian government has warned Android phone users about a dangerous virus known as ‘Daam’ that has been infecting devices and compromising sensitive data. This malware, capable of evading antivirus programs, has the ability to gain unauthorized access to call records, passwords, and other personal information on infected devices.

The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), the national cybersecurity agency, issued the advisory, highlighting the potential risks posed by the ‘Daam’ virus. The malware can bypass security measures, including antivirus software, making it difficult to detect and remove. It is typically distributed through third-party websites or applications from untrusted sources.

Once the ‘Daam’ virus infiltrates an Android phone, it actively seeks to bypass security measures and gain access to sensitive information. This includes call records, contacts, browsing history, and even the device’s camera. The virus can also deploy ransomware, which locks the device and demands a ransom for unlocking it.

The government advisory further warns that the ‘Daam’ virus can compromise phone call recordings, contacts, camera functionality, and even modify device passwords. Additionally, it can capture screenshots, steal text messages (SMS), download and upload files, and transmit the stolen data to a command-and-control server.

To worsen the situation, the malware utilizes an advanced encryption algorithm, AES, to encrypt files on the victim’s device. This leads to other files being deleted from the device’s storage, with only the encrypted files remaining and bearing a “.enc” extension. Victims may also encounter a ransom note named “readme_now.txt” displayed on their device.

To safeguard against such threats, CERT-In advises Android phone users to refrain from visiting untrusted websites or clicking on suspicious links. It is crucial to keep antivirus software up to date to mitigate potential risks. The advisory also recommends exercising caution when dealing with unknown phone numbers, as scammers often disguise their identities using email-to-text services. Legitimate SMS messages from banks usually display a sender ID consisting of the bank’s short name rather than a phone number.

Furthermore, users are urged to exercise caution when encountering shortened URLs, particularly those containing ‘bitly’ or ‘tinyurl’ hyperlinks, as these may redirect to malicious websites.

By following these precautions, Android phone users can protect themselves from the ‘Daam’ malware and similar threats, ensuring the safety of their personal information and devices.

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