Nasty piece of Android malware monitors texts, browser history and banking information

There’s a new piece of nasty Android malware floating around that Android users should be on the lookout for. Masquerading as a update for Google’s mobile Chrome browser, the malware is hosted on webpages designed to look like they are official Google or Android landing pages.

Originally spotted by the security firm Zscaler, the malware is designed to monitor call logs, browser history, text messages and banking information. Once installed, the malware logs the aforementioned data and sends it all back to a remote command and control server. What’s more, Zscaler notes that the malware is capable of checking if a user has any antivirus apps installed, and if so, “terminating them to evade detection.”

So while user’s should be extra vigilant about this malware, we should note that installation can only occur if a user turns off a default Android setting which prevents…

Read the entire article from BGR here: Nasty piece of Android malware monitors texts, browser history and banking information

 



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