300,000 Android Users were tricked into downloading Password-Stealing Malware by hackers

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techno.rentetan.com – And how to keep your personal information safe from the next cyberattack. Over 300,000 Android users have been infected with a trojan app that steals their banking information, according to a new report from ThreatFabric. If you’re an Android user, you need to be aware of this spyware even if it has been disabled and deactivated by Google.

Various sorts of malware were employed by hackers to infiltrate the system

QR scanners, PDF scanners, fitness monitors, and crypto apps are just a handful of the dangerous apps mentioned in ThreatFabric’s research. In contrast to other malicious Android software that falsely advertises its features, this batch of malicious Android software really operated. The apps, on the other hand, were secretly gathering passwords and other personal information from users.

Apps were categorized into four groups based on the type of malware they were infected with:

  • One of the largest malware families, Anatsa, used a banking trojan that had over 200,000 downloads. Using Android’s screen capture accessibility features, the virus steals passwords and other personal information from the device’s user.
  • 95,000 machines were infected with Alien as the second most popular malware. In order to gain access to a user’s bank account, a hacker would need two-factor authentication (2FA) codes that Alien intercepts.
  • Families Hydra and Ermac, both of which are associated to the Brunhilda cybercriminal organization gang, employed the Hydra and Ermac viruses. The software was used by the gang to gain access to a user’s device and steal their banking information remotely.. More than 15,000 people have downloaded Hyrda and Ermac, according to ThreatFabric’s assessment.

How Google’s security mechanisms are circumvented by various malware groups

ThreatFabric reported the applications to Google, and they have subsequently been deleted from the Play Store and deactivated on any devices they had been installed on. That malware was able to infect applications isn’t the major problem here, however.

There’s a good chance that the Play Store will flag and delete any applications that contain questionable code. Although the virus wasn’t included in the first download, it arrived in an update that had to be installed by the user in order to continue using the program. To avoid Google’s detection, app developers may submit their applications using this way. It’s doubtful that the consumers would notice anything awry since the applications perform just as they are designed to do. Updates in issue may have requested for Accessibility Services credentials or required users to sideload extra software, which are obvious signals of a problem with the updates.

How to maintain your Android smartphone free of malware

Keep your devices and data protected from similar malicious programs by following a few simple steps. If you’re going to use an app, make sure you’re aware of the permissions it asks for at all times—and not just the first time you install it. Delete and report the program if anything it does appears questionable or unneeded. For example, there is no requirement for a QR code scanner to get access to your accessibility features.

Similarly, you should only install updates from the Google Play Store. The Play Store app may not have a legitimate patch if an app demands an immediate update but no such update is offered there. It’s the same with random requests to install other programs on the side: The only way sideloading applications is safe is when you obtain the APK file yourself from reputable, verified sources such as APK Mirror or the XDA Dev forums. Remember that even if you’re using the Google Play store to download an app, hackers may be able to feign its authenticity using bogus reviews.

When paired with other cybersecurity habits like utilizing unique passwords secured by an encrypted password manager, 2FA logins, and trusted anti-malware and antivirus software, you will be much more protected against bad actors and harmful apps in the future.