03 Aug Researchers Caution Users of Android Svpeng Malware That Steals Banking Data
Reports last Wednesday warned Android users of the Svpeng malware that exploits accessibility features specifically for disabled people to steal banking information.
Researchers from Kaspersky Lab said Svpeng is hidden in suspicious sites that deliver phony Flash player apps. When it’s downloaded, devices can get compromised, even if it is regularly updated. However, it does not affect phones sets in Russian.
The malware is continually upgraded by its author, with a new keylogger that stealthily steals texts typed in your phone. This is intended to get user passwords and usernames.
Aside from stealing data, it can even grant access to keep itself from getting deleted. Svpeng also allows attackers to read SMS messages, make phone calls, open links, and even take screenshots while the user pushes the keyboard.
To avoid infection, researchers warn Android users to avoid downloading apps from unofficial websites that might contain the malware.
Source: ZD Net