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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, Mobile Security, Security News

Over 100 apps found to serve unwanted ads using ‘Soraka’ SDK

More than 100 Android applications that were downloaded over 4.6 million times via the Google Play Store were found to contain malicious code that delivers unwanted, out-of-context (OOC) advertisements to users. The code, a software development kit called Soraka, typically delivers its first OOC ad just after a device is unlocked, according to a new…
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…
Cybercrime, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

49 Google Play app titles found to deliver pesky ads

Researchers recently uncovered 49 adware-laced Android apps that were downloaded from the Google Play store more than 3 million times, collectively, before they were reportedly removed. Many of the apps were disguised as games, video editors and stylized photo and filter programs. Sample titles included Cut Out Studio Pro, Tattoo Maker, Bubble Effect, CLOWN MASK,…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

Cyber espionage actor PKPLUG keeps plugging away at targeting SE Asia

Drawing on three years of investigatory work, researchers have assembled a detailed playbook on PKPLUG, a suspected Chinese threat actor targeting Asians with an assortment of malware used for cyber espionage purposes. The authors of this playbook – members of Palo Alto Networks threat research group Unit 42 – were able to connect PKPLUG to…
Cybercrime, Finance, Malware, Mobile Security, Security News

Criminals’ security lapses enable discovery of Geost mobile banking trojan

Thanks in no small part to the perpetrators’ own sloppy operational security, researchers have uncovered a large Android banking trojan scheme that may have impacted hundreds of millions of Russians. Dubbed Geost, the malware is distributed via a malicious cybercriminal botnet operation consisting of 13 command-and-control servers and more than 140 malicious domains, according to…
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…
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Trojanized apps containing ad fraud malware downloaded 102M times

Two related ad fraud malware programs, recently discovered in 34 trojanized Android applications, have already been downloaded roughly 102 million times from the Google Play store, researchers reported. Dubbed Android.Click.312.origin and Android.Click.313.origin, the malicious clicker trojans appear to be designed primarily to sign users up for paid premium services without their consent, according to a…
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Saefko RAT peeks at browser histories to help adversaries form optimal attack plan

Researchers have discovered a new remote access trojan that rummages through an infected device’s Chrome browser history to determine which websites the user has visited, allowing adversaries to formulate an optimal attack strategy based on that information. Dubbed Saefko, the RAT looks for at least 70 different websites affiliated with credit cards, at least 26…
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