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Monday, April 30, 2018


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Recently, Quick Heal Security Labs released an important advisory about an Android banking Trojan that is known to target about 232 banking apps. With regards to the post, we will put you through on how you can protect your device and banking app from falling into the trap of this virus aimed to hack into your  bank account.

But first, here is an overview of this dangerous virus!

The Android banking Trojan that we are talking about was detected by Quick Heal Security Labs as Android.banker.A2f8a (a.k.a Android.banker.A9480). This is what the malware does:

Once inside, it starts scanning for apps that are installed on the infected device.

During its search, the malware particularly looks for 232 banking apps including some cryptocurrency apps.

If the malware finds any of these apps on the device, it shows a fake notification on behalf of the targeted app. If the user clicks on this notification, the malware shows a fake login screen which looks like the actual login screen of the original app.

And if the user is tricked into giving their login credentials (such as Internet banking login ID and password) on this fake login screen, the data goes to the attacker; the attacker uses the data to hack into the target victim's bank account, siphoning as much money as he could find in the account.

How can you protect your device and bank account from this malware? 

  • Do not download apps from third-party app stores or by clicking on links that come to you via SMS or emails.
  • Always keep the ‘Unknown Sources’ disabled on your phone. Doing so prevents installation of apps from unknown sources. You can find this option under Settings > Security on your phone.
  • Install a reliable mobile security app that can block fake and malicious apps.
  • Carefully read the permissions asked by an app before installing it. If the app asks for unnecessary permissions, better avoid it.
  • Always keep your device OS and apps up-to-date. An outdated OS and apps are more likely to be targeted by attackers.

 Are there Mobile Security Apps developed to combat this Malware?

Quick Heal Total Security app significantly reduces threats to payment apps such as banking apps and mobile wallets. SafePe is an important addition to this app that has been specifically designed to counter mobile banking and payment threats such as the Android banking Trojan discussed in this post.

To read more about SafePe or download it, click here.

Article Source: Quick Heal Security Blog

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