Millions of Android devices threatened by botnet malware — what to do

Chinese researchers say millions of Android devices, including smartphones, tablets, TVs and set-top boxes, are threatened by new malware that wants to draft the devices into a giant botnet.

The botnet malware, which the researchers at Qihoo 360’s Netlab are calling “Matryosh” because its functions are layered like a Russian matryoshka nesting doll, using the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) interface to infect devices.

If your devices is infected by Matryosh, you may notice it heating up or slowing down when the botnet is active. But overall, you may not notice anything, which is one reason you should install one of the best Android antivirus apps on your device if possible.

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