As it’s been stated by research, a lot of apps on the Google App store contain malicious scripts that go beyond your permission to steal your bank information, credit card details and also send fake text messages to you in order to steal your credentials.
Cybersecurity experts have found as many as 29 sneaky Trojans that are hard to detect. In this case, the Trojans are related to a particular family — Red Alert 2. These Trojans can be controlled remotely and are capable of dynamically targeting any other app present on the victim’s device.
They use customized phishing attacks along with activities like intercepting and redirecting text messages to bypass SMS-based two-factor authentication, reading call logs, and downloading as well as the installation of other malicious apps on the compromised device.
Even though such banking Trojans are uploaded through a variety of apps that run under different developer names. But there are similarities in the codes and a shared C&C server suggesting that such apps are the work of a single malware author or group.
Apart from bank details, these apps also steal social media and cryptocurrency account details. Such an app named “Easy Rates Converter” was available on the Play Store for 6 days and it was downloaded more than 500 times before it was removed finally.
List of apps that contain the Banking Trojan
Here is the complete list of apps that were flagged by the security agency and you should immediately uninstall these or any other suspicious apps in your phone:
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