A malware called Xhelper has appeared on Android last March, reports Symantec in a report published on October 29, 2019.
According to the researchers, malicious software is affecting an average of 131 Android smartphones per day, or 2,400 new victims per month.
A few months ago, Xhelper had already been spotted by MalwareBytes, another firm dedicated to cybersecurity.
This malware displays intrusive ads on Android smartphones
So far, Symantec has found no trace of the malware on the Google Play Store.
The malware obviously manages to infiltrate the smartphone of its victims via alternative app stores.