SOVA — So What?
Everyone is using Android phones these days and these phones are increasingly being targeted by viruses and malware. Recently, #CERT-India (Computer Emergency Response Team) had issued a notification about the #SOVA virus for Android.
The SOVA virus gets installed as an app when you click on a link from an innocuous-looking SMS message. Once the viral app gets installed on an Android phone, it first identifies all the banking and payment applications to target on your phone.
When such ‘infected’ apps are opened, the SOVA virus adds an overlay to the apps, collects the keystrokes you type (that includes your banking or payment ID, password, etc.), takes screenshots, and can even record videos without your knowledge.
The SOVA virus is so smart that if you try to uninstall the malware like you uninstall a regular app, it is able to intercept these actions and prevent you by returning to the home screen and showing a small popup displaying “This app is secured.”
There is no easy way to be rid of it once you get it. So, it is wise not to click on unknown messages coming in SMS to your phone. Also, download your apps only from official play stores or app stores.