A new list of 17 malicious Android apps has emerged. They are able to steal extremely sensitive data related to the victims’ bank accounts or their passwords.
According to Trend Micro, more than fifteen Android apps contain malware. These allow fraudulent apps to steal data from a smartphone. The user’s banking information, PIN codes and passwords are at risk. But it’s not that. These apps are also capable of intercepting text messages and integrating malicious software, “malware” in English.
Personal data at risk
“In the latter part of 2021, we discovered a malicious campaign that uses a new dropper variant that we dubbed DawDropper”, introduces the report. DawDropper has variants that drop four types of banking Trojans into target devices. Namely, Octo, Hydra, Ermac and TeaBot. A “dropper”, “injector” in French, is a computer program that aims to install malicious software on a target system.
Concretely, the malware in question, Octo, obtains the main permissions to install a programmed service intended to collect and download sensitive data from the device. “It also uses a virtual network to record the user’s screen, including sensitive information such as banking credentials, email addresses and passwords, and PIN codes”explains Trend Micro.
A very discreet software
The software camouflages all its activity by darkening the screen, dominating the brightness and lowering the volume of the device. Worse still, to go even more unnoticed, Octo disables Google Play Protect. This Android service “allows you to check apps when you install them, and regularly scans your device”, says Google Support. In the event that it detects a potentially dangerous application, this service can send a notification to the user, inviting him to uninstall it.
Here is the list of the 17 applications to uninstall urgently:
- call recorder
- VPN Rooster
- Super Cleaner
- Document Scanner
- Universal Saver Pro
- eagle photo editor
- call recorder pro+
- Extra Cleaner
- Crypto Utils
- Universal Saver Pro (another version)
- Lucky Cleaner
- Just In: Video Motion
- Document Scanner PRO
- Conquer Darkness
- Simple Cleaner
- Unicc QE Scanner
For those who haven’t downloaded these apps, good news. Trend Micro says that at the time of writing its report, these malicious apps are no longer available on the Google Play Store.
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