Thursday, August 14, 2014

Virus for Android masquerades as antivirus and client “Savings Bank” – the Russian newspaper

Owners of mobile devices, a new danger threatens identity theft, warn researchers from antivirus company ESET. Experts have found the web a new threat of Russian origin for Android, which is disguised as legitimate software, said the developer.

application called Android / Spy.Krysanec specializes in the collection of personal information from infected devices. Among its features – Interaction with the remote command server, download and run the new modules.

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Among the legitimate applications, under the guise of a new threat that spreads – antivirus for smartphones and tablets based on Android ESET NOD32 Mobile Security, as well as mobile app Sberbank and program 3G Traffic Guard.

After infection, the virus begins to mobile collecting and sending data to the user. Among its features – a hidden camera shooting, removing the sound from microphone, the current definition of geographical coordinates. In addition, Android / Spy.Krysanec gets information about installed applications, open a web browser, collects data about the contacts from the phone book and scans the contents of SMS-messages.

According to ESET virus analyst Artem Baranov, disguise malicious program as a legitimate application – the most common pattern of infection Android-devices. He also noted that as the object masking attackers selected games and other software, with a malicious program may contain useful functions.

Representatives of the “Savings Bank” were not able to provide you with comments as to what percentage of customers may affect new mobile threat, and whether the bank is planning to fight the spread of the virus.


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