The malware detected by Check Point is called “Julian” and gives hackers complete control of the user’s smartphone, allowing them to steal private e-mail information and user authentication codes.
Checkpoint’s head of mobility product management Michael Shaulov termed the incident “very alarming and represents the next stage of cyber attacks. We are witnessing a change in strategy by hackers, who are now attacking mobile devices to obtain sensitive information stored on them.”
In August, Checkpoint exposed four security flaws that they said could potentially affect some 900 million Android phones.
The vulnerabilities were discovered in software on processors manufactured by U.S. firm Qualcomm.
Checkpoint teams took six months reverse engineering Qualcomm’s code, said Shaulov at the time.