Targeted Android attacks discovered by researchers

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Android app lies to users that their device is infected by viruses, asks for money
Android app lies to users that their device is infected by viruses, asks for money

Researchers have uncovered targeted attacks against Tibetan and Uyghur activists that targets Android users.

According to a blog post by Kaspersky Lab, after the email account of a high-profile Tibetan activist was compromised, miscreants utilized it to launch spear phishing attacks that include an APK attachment, a malicious program for Android users.

Once installed, the program covertly communicates that a device is infected to a command-and-control server and later siphons data from the device that includes contacts, call logs, SMS messages, as well as the location.

According to researchers, this may be the first in a “new wave” of attacks targeting Android users. Experts suggest to avoid clicking on any APK attachments in emails via mobile phones.

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