Don’t look a GriftHorse in the mouth: Trojan trampled 10 million Android devices

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You may be advised not to look a gift horse in the mouth, lest you appear ungrateful for questioning its health. But you probably want to examine your Android phone for GriftHorse, or rather for any of the 200 or so apps with different names that incorporate the malicious code.

Mobile security firm Zimperium, which first identified the GriftHorse Android Trojan, says the malware has infected more than 10 million Android devices worldwide; a fraction of one per cent of active ‘droid devices, but still misery for literally millions of people.

In a blog post on Wednesday, Zimperium researchers Aazim Yaswant and Nipun Gupta said that Trojan code dubbed GriftHorse has been spotted in more than 200 malicious apps in at least 70 different countries and has been afflicting Android phones since November 2020.

Zimperium partners with Google to defend the ad giant’s Play Store and thus has already informed the Chocolate Factory of its findings. Google, we’re told, has

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