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New campaigns spread banking malware through Google Play

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.

ESET uncovers another porn clicker on Google Play

Porn clickers pretending to be the the Dubsmash application have found their way back onto Google Play, a month after being removed.

ESET expert: Google Play porn clicker ‘is a truly large-scale campaign’

Google Play porn clicker campaign: A single family of malicious apps masquerading as popular games or apps, designed to bypass Google’s security checks.

Rogue developers hiding Android malware in apps on Google Play

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.

Sunny with a chance of stolen credentials: Malicious weather app found on Google Play

ESET has spotted a new banking malware on Google Play. Disguised as a weather forecast app, it steals banking credentials and locks screens.

Multi-stage malware sneaks into Google Play

In all the cases we investigated, the final payload was a mobile banking trojan. Once installed, it behaves like a typical malicious app of this kind: it may present the user with fake login forms to steal credentials or credit card details.

Android malware: how to keep your device safe from filecoders (and everything else)

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.

Porn clicker trojans keep flooding Google Play

ESET researchers have found 343 malicious porn clicker trojans on Google Play over the last seven months – and their numbers keep rising.

Scareware: Fake Minecraft apps Scare Hundreds of Thousands on Google Play

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.

BankBot trojan returns to Google Play with new tricks

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.

A history of mobile malware from Cabir to SMS Thief

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.

Android app store has serious clean-up with 60,000 apps removed

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.

Fake Prisma apps found on Google Play

ESET researchers have discovered fake Prisma apps of different types, including several dangerous trojan downloaders. The Google Play security team has since removed them.

Porn clicker keeps infecting apps on Google Play

A recently identified trojan porn clicker is still infecting apps on Google Play.

Porn clicker trojans at Google Play: An analysis

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.

Banking malware on Google Play targets Polish banks

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.

Aggressive ad-displaying Google Play app tricks users into leaving high ratings

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 Play security tightened with human screening process

Google is taking additional security measures to shut out malware from its app store by introducing a human screening process.

Razzies for malware: These were the worst performances of the year

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.

Released Android malware source code used to run a banking botnet

ESET researchers have discovered a new variant of botnet-forming Android banking malware based on source code made public a couple of months ago.

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