For a user, it can be difficult to figure out whether an app is malicious. First off it is always good only to install applications from the Google Play store, since most malware is still mainly spread through alternative stores.
Google Play porn clicker campaign: A single family of malicious apps masquerading as popular games or apps, designed to bypass Google’s security checks.
Respected security blogger Brian Krebs reports that an “explosion in Android malware” is being fuelled by a growing market for hijacked of rogue developer accounts on Google Play, Google’s official Android app store.
ESET has spotted a new banking malware on Google Play. Disguised as a weather forecast app, it steals banking credentials and locks screens.
When ESET researchers analyzed the first Android ransomware controlled via Tor, it showed how quickly Android malware is evolving to match its PC cousins. Thankfully, sensible use of your device should help keep you safe.
ESET has discovered over 30 scareware apps available for download from the Google Play store. The apps have been installed by more than 600,000 Android users.
The Android banking trojan that we first informed about in the beginning of this year has found its way to Google Play again and contains new tricks designed to get access to the private banking information of the user.
As we continue to do more things with our smartphones, the threat posed by mobile malware increases. Here’s a short history of its development.
60,000 Android apps were removed from Google’s Play app store this February. Categories such as personalization (ringtone apps) were targeted heavily, with 12,277 deletions.
ESET researchers have found a large campaign of malicious porn clicker type apps on Google Play. These trojans belong to a single family of malicious apps masquerading as popular games and/or applications. They are designed and systematically modified to bypass Google’s security checks.
Besides delivering the promised functionalities, the malicious apps can display fake notifications and login forms seemingly coming from legitimate banking applications, harvest credentials entered into the fake forms, as well as intercept text messages to bypass SMS-based 2-factor authentication.
ESET researchers have observed an increased number of apps on Google Play using social engineering techniques to boost their ratings, ranging from legitimate apps, through adware to malware.
Google is taking additional security measures to shut out malware from its app store by introducing a human screening process.
Just as audiences have suffered from bad movie craftsmanship, IT users have had to endure the consequences of the malicious work done by malware authors. Welcome to Razzies for malware.
ESET researchers have discovered a new variant of botnet-forming Android banking malware based on source code made public a couple of months ago.