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Android Banking Trojan Asks for Selfie With Your ID

In the first half of 2016 we noticed that Android banking Trojans had started to improve their phishing overlays on legitimate financial apps to ask for more information. Victims were requested to provide “Mother’s Maiden Name,” “Father’s Middle Name,” “Maternal Grandmothers Name,” or a “Memorable Word.” Attackers used that data to respond to security questions and obtain …

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iBanking Mobile Trojan Poses as Facebook Token Generator

Mobile banking Trojans have usually pretended to be security applications (for example, Zitmo) or legitimate banking apps (FakeToken or FkSite a.k.a. Perkele) to trick users into installing the malware. These apps steal incoming SMS messages that could contain mTANs (Mobile Transaction Authentication Numbers) used as two-factor authentication to allow Internet transactions. Now, however, it seems that …

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Tibetan Activists Targeted with More Android Malware

Following the recent discovery of Android/Chuli.A, yet another Android malware has now been found using the same method as Chuli.A: via forged email messages with the Android malware (APK file) as an attachment. However, instead of creating a standalone malicious application that shows a fake invitation about an upcoming congress, this time the attackers compromised …

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Targeted Attacks the Next Step in Mobile Malware

The Android threat landscape continues to evolve in 2013. To distribute Android threats, malware authors are transitioning away from attacking traditional vectors like the Google Play Market and third-party Android markets to vectors like spam and phishing emails and SMS. Recently a new information-stealing Android malware was found being distributed as an attachment in emails …

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Android/FakeToken 2.0 Goes Back to Basics

In March a new type of financial attack on Android devices was found targeting customers of several banks in Europe. Dubbed FakeToken, one of the principal differences of this new threat–compared with previous Trojan bankers for Android such as Zitmo/Spitmo–was the fact that both authentication factors (Internet password and mTAN) were stolen directly from the …

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Android Malware Promises Video While Stealing Contacts

Recently we discovered a new Android Trojan in the official Google Play market that displays a video downloaded from the Internet–but only if some sensitive information is previously sent to a remote server. The malicious applications are designed for Japanese users and display “trailers” of upcoming video games for Android. Here’s one example: Or anime/adult …

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Google Code Projects Host Android Malware

[March 1: See update at end] Google Code is a well-known platform that provides a collaborative environment for developers working on open source projects. It’s also a target for malware developers. Contrary to what you may think, this is not the first time that Google Code has been used to spread or store malware. (You …

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Adware on Mobile Devices an Evolving Privacy Threat

Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPs) are often legitimate software that pose a risk to users’ privacy or systems. A reasonably secure–or privacy-minded–user may want to be informed of the presence of certain PUPs and in some cases remove them. One very common type of PUP is adware, which exists to make revenue through advertising. Some adware …