The Loapi virus affects mobile devices to the point of causing them to explode due to overheating.
Although malware is often a silent threat, in this case the damage that Loapi produces in the software , it does damage the hardware of phones with Android operating systems .
What it is Loapi Virus and how to stop it
What is involved is a combination of viruses, which force the activity of the mobile to the point of overheating it – blowing the battery – to the point of burning it. But experts say that destroying the devices is a consequence, and not the ultimate goal of the malware .
To prevent the entry of the virus, experts recommend installing only official applications , never make downloads from banner ads and disable possible tool options from unknown sources.
The purpose of Loapi is to extract cryptocurrency transactions , so it somehow hijacks the mobile processor and uses its calculation power for extractions, which it completes with complex algorithms that generate new units of this currency.
The cybersecurity company Kapersky has detected the virus, and has been able to verify that in two days it is capable of destroying a smartphone . Once inside, Loapi begins to add unwanted content by downloading applications and advertising. It also allows access to remote banking data and buy without authorization.
Loapi spreads through ads that pretend to be antivirus or applications for adults and has a very complicated architecture.
Once installed, it asks for the administrator’s rights to take control of the device and thus be able to install modules that affect different functions of the phone.
Loapi Virus Malicious Actions That can perform
- It allows the reception of invasive advertising .
- Control text messages
- Subscribes to payment services via SMS without leaving a trace.
- It allows carrying out DDoS attacks that flood a site with junk traffic until it can no longer receive visits.
- It uses phone resources such as energy and internet connection to create monero, a cryptocurrency .
If you find a dedicated application to get rid of malware , it will send you fake messages ensuring that the app has a malicious software and will ask you to delete it. If you refuse to do so, it will increase the number of warnings until you finish deleting it.
Whats Expert Said about Loapi Virus
Nikita Buchka, security expert at Kaspersky Lab says that this virus is a kind of all-terrain.
“Loapi has incorporated almost every possible feature in its design to be able to use it for different types of malicious activity with the intention of making illegal money.”
Buchka says that although the virus does not have the ability to access credit card data, it “can destroy the phone” because it dominates all its functions, leaving it inoperative.
During tests to detect the attack capacity of this virus, Kaspersky Lab found that it also generates a workload so large that the terminal warms up and deforms the battery.
How to protect yourself
When the phone is damaged it is very difficult to eliminate the virus, warns the security company.
Loapi has the ability to protect itself and as soon as you try to recover the administrator rights of the terminal, the malware will block the screen of the device and close the window.
From the technological recommend to take the following actions before it is too late:
- Disable the option that allows the automatic installation of applications.
- Make sure you have the latest version of your operating system. Companies perfect them to reduce vulnerabilities.
- If your phone is already compromised, the company recommends installing an antivirus of a recognized brand that offers guarantees.