Security researchers have designed the first ever malware for Google's Android smartphone OS.
Trustwave researchers have developed the malware that could get access to private information, such as bank credentials, text messages, GPS coordinates and call logs from the smartphone.
The researchers explained that the Kernal-based Android rootkit can be loaded onto the smartphone by running a kernel module on the phone.
The rootkit can then be activated by calling from a 'trigger number'.
The rootkit developed by the researchers is a concept model based on theory, rather than having been developed using existing malware
The researchers, Nicholas Percoco and Christian Papathanasiou, said that they will demonstrate the Android attack at the upcoming Def Con security conference.
Nicholas Percoco explained: “an attacker can proceed to read all SMS messages on the device [or] incur the owner with long-distance costs, even potentially pinpoint the mobile device's exact GPS location.”