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‘About Coronavirus’ app locks Android screens with repackaged malware

An existing version of the Android device screen-locking malware SLocker has apparently been copied and repackaged in the form of a mobile coronavirus app, in hopes of drawing in victims and encouraging downloads from third-party marketplace sites. Researchers at Bitdefender found the malicious app, which has been targeting users in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and…
Coronavirus, Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Ransomware, Security News

Coronavirus tracking app locks up Android phones for ransom

A malicious Android app that supposedly helps track cases of the coronavirus actually locks users’ phones and demands a ransom in order to restore access. (Note: a password key has since been published. See follow-up story here.) Dubbed CovidLock, the newly discovered ransomware performs a screen-lock attack by forcing a change in the password required…
Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Cookie-stealing Android trojan likely used for spam distribution campaign

Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? It’s Cookiethief, a newly discovered Android trojan that gains root access to devices and exfiltrates browser and Facebook app cookies to a malicious server. Attackers typically use stolen cookies to impersonate victims and access their online accounts in unauthorized fashion. In this instance, researchers believe the culprits…
Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Phishing, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Exploited Android flaw ‘StrandHogg’ enables phishing overlays, malicious permissions

Attackers have been actively exploiting an Android vulnerability that allows malicious apps to display dangerous permission requests and phishing overlays under the guise of a legitimate app. Dubbed StrandHogg (an old Norse Viking term), the flaw resides in Android’s taskAffinity control setting, and can be successfully abused without having to first gain root access, according…
Application Security, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Android apps with scores of downloads serve up annoying ads, unwanted subscriptions

Hundreds of millions of Android devices have potentially been compromised by malicious adware and ad fraud apps that on the surface appear to offer harmless services such as selfie filters, weather forecasts or VPN security, according to a trio of recently released research reports. Late last week, researchers at mobile security company Wandera reported finding…
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BRATA malware targeting Brazilian Android devices

First there was Brangelina, TomKat and Bennifer and now Kaspersky has presented the world with BRATA, or Brazilian RAT Android. BRATA is not a power celebrity couple, but is a relatively new Android remote access tool family that, at least so far, has exclusively targeted Brazilians using Android 5.0 or higher, according to Kaspersky’s GReAT…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Reports say China devised iPhone malware campaign to track Muslims; Android and Windows devices also targeted

A recently exposed malware campaign that used watering-hole attacks to target iPhone users for more than two years was reportedly part of an effort to track Uyghur Muslims based in China’s Xinjiang state. The campaign was actually broader than originally thought, and attempted to infect Android and Microsoft Windows devices as well, reports are also…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Sophisticated Android spyware toolset ‘Monokle’ linked to sanctioned Russian defense contractor

A company that was sanctioned by the U.S. government for allegedly helping Russia interfere with the 2016 elections has developed an advanced set of offensive spyware tools with functionality that researchers claim they have never before witnessed in real-life attack campaigns. Dubbed Monokle, the spyware toolset was actually developed as far back as 2015, according…
Malware, Security News

Agent Smith Android malware infiltrates 25 million devices

A new variant of mobile malware dubbed “Agent Smith” has already infected 25 million devices, 15 million of which are in India. Check Point researchers discovered the malware disguised as a Google-related application that leverages known Android exploits and automatically replaces installed apps with malicious imitations without users’ knowledge or interaction, according to a July…
Cybercrime, Finance, Malware, Security News

BianLian banking trojan adds screen recorder to face off against Android users

Researchers have discovered a new version of the Android banking trojan BianLian that introduces the ability to record device screens and set of proxies. Named after the Chinese art of “face-changing,” BianLian first appeared as a dropper in October 2018. But it quickly evolved and adopted banking trojan functionality, including overlay attacks that trick users…
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