Rooting malware

A malicious program that infects Android phones and tablets to gain root privileges and take full control over the device. After compromising the mobile platform, a rootkit can run adware, delete or install applications, and copy confidential information.

Such malware usually ends up on the device through spam or phishing sites. Sometimes rootkits do not have their own destructive payload, but act as a means to deliver other programs to the infected system.