When it comes to wide-scale malware attacks, China’s consumers are rarely out of the firing line.

Up to 10 million Android devices have been infected with a malware that amasses fake clicks for adverts, according to a report by security firm Check Point. Most of the devices are in China, with large numbers also detected in India, the Philippines and Indonesia.

The malware, dubbed ‘HummingBad’ by Check Point, originated from a group of Chinese cyber criminals that work alongside ad firm Yingmob. The security firm first discovered instances of the malware in February 2016. According to their data cases have spiked in the past month.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com