EXPERTS have warned about new Android malware that can access your phone and steal your data.
Dubbed Daam, the malware was discovered in the wild recently by cybersecurity firm CloudSEK, according to Tom's Guide.
What is Daam?
Daam is a highly dangerous Android malware that can not only steal confidential data but also record your phone calls.
It can also spread ransomware on your device without your knowledge and encrypt files.
Arguably the most dangerous part, however, is that it can bypass antivirus software to infiltrate your device.
How does it work?
Daam works its way onto a device after being unwittingly installed by users via malicious sideloaded apps.
Sideloading describes installing software on a device without using the approved app store or software distribution channel.
To date, CloudSEK has found it in APK or Android app installation files for the Psiphon, Boulders, and Currency Pro apps.
Psiphon is a VPN app, Boulders is a mobile game, and Currency Pro is a currency converter.
How to protect yourself
To avoid falling victim to Daam and similar malware, the best thing you can do is avoid sideloading apps.
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Always download apps from official Android app stores – and while you're there, read the reviews.
That said, it's also important that you never click on any links from unknown senders in email or text messages.
Such links can lead to malicious sites and downloads that can trick you into downloading malware.
And while it may not help in the case of Daam, having antivirus apps on your device can help protect against other types of malware.
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