BRATA has something to make Android users cringe. Already very powerful when it was detected last December, a recent update has cybersecurity experts concerned. In fact, the malware can now perform a factory reset to go unnoticed on its victim’s smartphone.
We have already told you about BRATA. First discovered in 2019 after infecting a number of Brazilian users, the Android malware reached Europe in December 2021. To spread it, hackers don’t hesitate to impersonate the call center in the eyes of their targets. Its objective: to attack mainly online banking customers to steal their identifiers and, subsequently, the content of their bank account.
Obviously, since then they have refined their technique. As reported by the cyber security experts at Cleafy, BRATA has recently received an update that brings it some new features. From now on, you will be able to follow the location of your victim by GPS, establish various communication channels and, above all, erase all data from the smartphone on which it is installed.
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This Android malware is more dangerous than ever
To go unnoticed, the BRATA APK is hidden in an encrypted JAR or DEX package. This allows it to go undetected by the user’s antivirus, which is quick to remove it once installed. All security settings are also disabled. The way is now clear, the malware can take screenshots and steal the saved identifiers.
The most worrying thing is, without a doubt, its ability to perform a factory reset in order to erase all the data stored on the smartphone. The victim can say goodbye to all the photos, videos, notes and other content that was on their device. In this way, BRAT remains undetectable. Currently, the malware mainly attacks users from the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, China, Poland, and Latin America.
To protect yourself, we recommend that you install your apps exclusively from the Play Store, although this technique is not foolproof.
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