Security researchers reveal the presence of multiple malware in nine Android apps, allowing hackers to break into your bank accounts, while taking full control of your device. Uninstall them ASAP!
Malware dies hard on Android. After having alerted you to the presence of questionable VPN applications on Android or even these 450 applications a little too curious, here is a new report from Check Point Software Technologies warns us against 9 new applications. According to security researchers at Check Point, these 9 applications included malware called Clast82, which allowed them to go under the radar of Play Protect. This allowed them to stay a long time on the shelves of the Play Store and infect many users, without ever being identified as malicious by Google.
But the purpose of these applications was not simply to be undetectable: once installed on your smartphone, they released two dangerous malware: AlienBot Banker and MRAT. The first targets the banking information on your device, and tries to find its way to your accounts to empty them. The second, MRAT, is a Trojan horse with remote access, and allows hackers to take almost total control of your smartphone.
Obviously, these two malware working together does not bode well for the integrity of your data. Thanks to the work of the researchers at Check Point, Google ended up removing these apps from the Play Store, so you should not be able to download them in the future. On the other hand, if you had them already installed on your smartphone, they will reside there and represent a serious threat. We cannot therefore advise you too much to take a look at the list of your installed applications located in the settings of your device, in order to verify that none of these 9 malicious applications are there:
- Cake VPN – com.lazycoder.cakevpns
- Pacific VPN – com.protectvpn.freeapp
- eVPN – com.abcd.evpnfree
- BeatPlayer – com.crrl.beatplayers
- QR / Barcode Scanner MAX – com.bezrukd.qrcodebarcode
- eVPN – Package name: com.abcd.evpnfree
- MusicPlayer – com.revosleap.samplemusicplayers
- tooltipnatorlibrary – com.mistergrizzlys.docscanpro
- QRecorder – com.record.callvoicerecorder
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