GhostCtrl, What is this virus and how to avoid in Android SmartPhones

Android is the most used operating system in smartphones of the current age. And this is most attacked OS by various malware. And today, it's the turn to talk about a new one. That is GhostCtrl, a remote access Trojan that has already made destructions in a series of computer attacks in Israel.

GhostCtrl, What is this virus and how to avoid in Android SmartPhones

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Apparently, this malware was initially created for Windows operating systems. Although it is now attacking the Android devices. It has the first detection earlier this year in various attacks against Windows. But now it acts on Android devices and is arguably one of the most potent threats detected in quite some time.

How GhostCtrl works

It carries out a series of malicious actions that put the security of the users at risk. Here is the complete list of measures that GhostCtrl performs:

  • Allows you to record audio and video from infected devices
  • Has full control over calls and SMS
  • Install and open applications (possibly also malicious)
  • Root of the infected device
  • Receive orders from a remote C & C server
  • Upload and download files from your C & C server
  • It has the full control over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi services

That is one of the most powerful malware on Android devices in a long time. But apparently, it also acts as ransomware and can hijack the phone. And a ransom of up to 75 $ is requested in some cases.

GhostCtrl, What is this virus and how to avoid in Android Smart Phones

How to Avoid GhostCtrl Virus/Ransomware

GhostCtrl, as its name implies, acts like a ghost. That makes it almost impossible for an antivirus to detect it. The main recommendation is to have our Android device updated at all times and control the permissions of the applications.

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It is possible that there are different versions of this malware circulating in the network. It attacks directed against users and large organizations, so the first thing to be careful is when installing applications from third-party sources. And any file or data that reach us, for example, through e-mail, Facebook attachment.

Also, Trend Micro experts advise us to have our devices fully up-to-date. And control application permissions and restrict them to the minimum whenever possible to prevent certain applications from taking control, without authorization, from our system.

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  1. kjh says:

    Does ghost Control cause to vibrate the device during a phone call???????????.Did google play store contain it ????

    1. David says:

      @kjh, Google play store does not have any malicious code application. However as per my experience when you visit some web pages on any browser on mobile, there is a chance that it gets infected your device by just visiting these pages. Try to turn off your wifi or mobile internet to verify if it is still vibrating during a call? I suggest you install some good antivirus, after threat removal you can uninstall it if it makes your smartphone heavy.

  2. kjh says:

    Thank you sir, your reply is very important to me. Sir if there any possility that virus can turn on my mobile data????????

  3. kjh says:

    sir can you say examples for malicious websites

    1. David says:

      There are many possibilities your device can get affected by the virus, these include malicious web page or application. These applications even get into your device by just visiting attacking websites on smartphone web browser. And potential harms may range from hindering in product usage to even ransom. So, keep protecting your device with good security software.

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