New Adobe Flash Malware Can Track Your Mobile Activity
Adobe Flash Malware Called Invisible Man Hits Targets
A new Adobe Flash malware has hit smartphone and it’s able to track your mobile activity.
If you’re still using Adobe Flash player on your smartphone, you should stop using it right now. It has quickly become a target for thousands of malicious organizations across the world.
In fact, Adobe Flash is filled with so many vulnerabilities that Adobe will be completely discontinuing it in 2020 and Google dropped it from the Google Play Store years ago.
Unsurprisingly, a new malware has hit Adobe Flash. The malware disguises itself as a new update for the Flash player but instead gives hackers complete access to your smartphone through email tracking, SMS tracking, and keylogging.
Because Adobe Flash has now been removed from the Google Play Store, those looking for the service are forced to look for third party download links. As a result, the already vulnerable Adobe Flash software is now swamped with dozens of fake downloads that all contain malware.
One such malware is relatively new and is known as Invisible Man. This new malware disguises itself as a third party download for a new Adobe Flash update. Once you’ve installed it, however, hackers will have access to your entire smartphone.
If you install an Adobe Flash .apk with the Invisible Man malware, your device will quickly be infected. The app will go into your system settings and change your default messages app and keyboard input. After that, it will track everything you type. If you then log onto online banking or a service like PayPal, Invisible Man will track your keystrokes as you type in your password.
Once you’ve logged into your accounts, the Invisible Man malware will have access to your passwords. It will then log into your accounts and completely drain your accounts of any remaining money.
This is an incredibly dangerous malware that should be avoided at all costs. If you’ve got Adobe Flash installed on your smartphone, you should remove it from your smartphone immediately. After that, you should backup your files and perform a factory restart.
Make sure you change all of your passwords. You should then be safe. In the future, never download Adobe Flash – whilst the basic functionality of Adobe Flash can be very useful, the risk associated with using Adobe Flash is far too high.
You should also avoid installing apps from third party sources at all costs – these third party sources are where malicious organizations will be releasing most of their malware. Whilst malware can get onto the Google Play Store, it’s very rare that it gets past Google’s strict screening process.
As one final precaution, you should install an anti-virus app onto your Android smartphone. You can use an app like Lookout or AVG to keep your device safer when browsing the web and downloading apps from unknown sources.
Thankfully, services like HTML5 are being used far more often so all of the functionality that’s provided by Flash is almost completely replaceable with other technology. This means that you’ll very rarely actually need Flash player on your Android smartphone.