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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…
APTs/cyberespionage, Cybercrime, Malware, Security News

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…
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…
Cybercrime, Security News

Unofficial Telegram app secretly loads malicious sites

An unofficial Telegram app is secretly loading malicious sites onto the devices of unsuspecting users and running other malicious services in the background without the users’ consent. Symantec researchers discovered the malicious app, named MobonoGram 2019 (detected as Android.Fakeyouwon) and advertised as an unofficial version of the Telegram messaging application with more features than the…
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…
Executive Insight, Security News

Winning the cybercrime arms race with AI

The arms race between cybercriminals and cybersecurity professionals continues to escalate. And anyone watching the trajectory of this perpetual game of one-upmanship can see that this is a race towards implementing AI in the service of each side’s goals. For instance, a report by Nokia revealed that AI-powered botnets look for vulnerabilities in Android devices,…
Cryptocurrency, Cybercrime, Finance, Malware, Ransomware, Security News

Malvertising scheme abuses Yandex.Direct, targets Russian accountants with assorted malware

Cybercriminals are abusing the Yandex.Direct online advertising service in order to serve up malicious ads that target Russian accountants with the goal of infecting them with banking trojans and ransomware. Researchers from ESET have so far linked six malware programs to this campaign, which began in October and continues to this day. During periods of…
Cybercrime, Mobile Security, Security News

Three apps claiming to improve Instagram exposed as an insta-scam

A trio of Android applications that supposedly helped Instagram account owners increase likes and followers, boost security and improve the overall user experience were actually stealing their usernames and passwords, Malwarebytes has reported. The apps, which were designed to target users based in Iran, had been available for download via the Google Play store as…
Security News, Vulnerabilities

Xiaomi devices came with vulnerability baked into its pre installed security app

A preinstalled mobile security app on Xiaomi left user devices more vulnerable than protected, researchers said. Check Point researchers discovered a vulnerability in Xiaomi phones’ “Guard Provider app” that could expose users to attacks caused by the unsecured nature of network traffic to and from the app and the use of multiple SDKs within the…
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