JSocket: A New Malware Capable of Hacking into PCs and Smartphones
Hacking has become a sort of trend nowadays as almost every few weeks we get to hear about a new major attack. Just in last few months, hackers have attacked security agencies, a dating site, and some big corporations. A lot of data leaks occurred in these incidents which affected lives of general public. If you thought that after all these attacks things would get better, then you were wrong. A new and improved version of AlienSpy called JSocket has been created which has the ability to hack into all kinds of computer operating systems as well as Android devices.
No Way to Detect it
The creators behind this app confidently claim that there won’t be any way for the users to even know that JSocket is installed in their phones because it has the ability to stay hidden in all sorts of downloaded apps. For example, if the user has downloaded Candy Crush from a third-party platform, JSocket malware can be hidden in it. The worst part is that the app will continue to function without any problem, so that the users will have no way to find out if there’s anything wrong with their device.
Fidelis explains that the author of this malware is constantly expanding it to make it more powerful.
“JSocket has had rapid development of its feature set and the author behind the malware has proactively added features to detect bugs and enhance its functionality.
Additionally, the author of JSocket is monitoring the security community and taking active steps in JSocket’s development to evade detection and response to infections. JSocket is active and responsive to support requests. ”
Dangers of JSocket
JSocket can do a lot of damage once it makes its way to your phone. Most of the users use their devices as repositories as they keep all of their data stored on it. Hackers can utilize this habit and can get their hands on users’ data via this malware with ease. They can then use the data to commit identity theft, consequently stealing money and causing other damages. Furthermore, they can track the compromised device via GPS, access its microphone, and even take control of its camera. So if this app makes its way to your phone, then the only option you have is to change your device because you cannot know where it’s hidden, and most of the antivirus apps can’t keep it at bay or remove it.
Precautions to Avoid JSocket
As we have established above, at the moment, there’s just no getting rid of JSocket, so it’s better if you avoid it altogether. On PC, this malware usually spreads through e-mail attachments that are disguised as invoices, purchase orders, and other financial documents. On Android phones, this malware is loaded into the apps that are downloadable from third-party platforms where security checks are either weak or missing. So to avoid all the trouble, it is advised that you stick to Google’s official app store, and if you ever find yourself needing to download an app from any third-party platform, then check it out thoroughly before going ahead with the download.