Banking  - Ha79g1529307258 - Banking Malware posed as a Social Media App to Steal Financial Data

Newly discovered Two Android Trojan as popular  and banking apps to steal the victim’s financial information from online banking and payment systems

Android Banking Trojan’s mainly targeting the financial sector such as bank and other financial institutions and compromising it to steal sensitive information such as username, password and credit card .

It mimics as popular social media apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Skype, Instagram, Twitter and other India based banking apps.

Malicious Android Applications are using fake ICON’s to trick users to install it on to the victim’s device.

- fake icon - Banking Malware posed as a Social Media App to Steal Financial DataHow Does This Banking Trojan Attack Works

Initially victims download the malicious apps downloaded from third-party stores or links provided in SMS’s or emails and pornographic websites.

Once it downloads and installed into the vicitms computer the gain access to special privileges by forcing the user to select the ‘Activate’ button.

The malicious requested to Activate the device administrator to gain the complete control of the infection victims device.

- Trojan2 - Banking Malware posed as a Social Media App to Steal Financial Data

If the user will press the CANCEL button, the app will keep asking Press the ACTIVATE  button to gain the special permission as you can see the above Picture.

Also, this malware having a list of apps that imitate as a legitimate apps and search it in the infected victim’s device after gaining the special permission.

According to Quickheal,  if the user opens any of these apps (banking or social media), the Trojan displays a fake window asking for a credit/debit card number. Unless this number is provided, this window prevents the user from accessing the app

- Trojan3 - Banking Malware posed as a Social Media App to Steal Financial Data

Once the infected users will provide a card number and other relevant information that requested by this Trojan, then it will share the gathered information to the attacker via Command & Control server.

Mitigation

  1. Avoid downloading apps from third-party app stores or links provided in SMS or emails.
  2. Always keep ‘Unknown Sources’ disabled. Enabling this option allows installation of apps from third-party sources.
  3. Keep Play Protection service ‘ON’
  4. Verify app permissions before installing any app even from official stores such as Play.

Also Read:

Dangerous PANDA Banking Malware Spreads Through Phishing Attacks Targets Banks, Cryptocurrency Sites and Social Media

New Malicious dropper Spreading Dangerous “Bankbot” Banking Malware via Google Play store

New Dangerous Android Permission Security Flaw leads to Ransomware and Banking Malware Attacks



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