As the popularity of smartphones exploded beyond that of computers as personal devices, so did hackers. Thus, mobile malware. While a traditional virus replicates itself while running, viruses on mobile devices target weak points within your operating system for data-mining, financial gain, or to corrupt a network.
Can a virus destroy your phone?
A new powerful virus has been found that can mine cryptocurrency off a smartphone and shut down its internet services, according to the Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab. It can also destroy an Android device, Kaspersky said, making it the jack of all trades when it comes to malicious software.
Should I be worried if my phone has a virus?
So, should you worry about getting a phone virus? Nope, because they technically dont exist. (If they ever do crop up, Lookout will weed them out.)
How harmful are phone viruses?
Viruses could steal and destroy data from phones, run up bills by making calls to premium-rate numbers, record conversations in which personal data and credit card numbers are exchanged, and even get a phone camera to spy on its owner and transmit photos.