Play Store: Massively downloaded apps stole thousands of bank credentials

CYBERSECURITY – Many seemingly innocuous apps have stolen users’ banking information after being inactive for a long time

Computer viruses and hackers keep renewing themselves in an attempt to catch their victim. Increasingly strong restrictions and protections are forcing hackers to find new ways. ThreatFabric researchers have come up with a list of malicious apps that were downloaded from the Google Play Store more than 300,000 times before the viruses were activated.

The apps came in the form of QR code scanners, PDF scanners, or even cryptocurrency wallets. Cybercriminals have used various methods to bypass Google’s restrictions in order to infect users undetected.

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At first, the apps had no viral load. They allow users to get used to their use. “What makes these Play Store malware campaigns very difficult to detect is that all applications have a very low malicious footprint,” explain ThreatFabric researchers.

Once they got used to the software, users would receive a message asking them to download updates from a source outside of the Google Play Store. “C (…) Read more in 20 minutes

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