Smartphone users were given an urgent warning not to download apps containing invasive malware that could drain their bank accounts. It is thought that thousands of people are already at risk of an attack.
Sharkboy, a bug that can steal login and banking information, is back in the Google Play Store. Cybercriminals could get past the store’s strict security because the bug only affects apps after they are downloaded and installed.
What is the new virus causing?
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The virus first appeared in March of this year, and now it’s on two apps that Android users are being told to delete right away for their safety.
Reports say the malware has been found in the Mister Phone Cleaner app and the Kylhavy Mobile Security app. Moreover, Software experts at Fox-IT were the first to find this out. Google has since banned these apps, but if you still have them on your phone or tablet, you should get rid of them quickly to avoid becoming a victim of cybercrime.
What is all at risk?
Once SharkBot is installed without the user’s knowledge, it can steal money from mobile bank accounts and make fake logins to online services so that hackers can steal sensitive information like usernames and passwords.
Alberto Segura of Fox-IT said about the attack: “This new version asks the victim to install the malware by pretending to be an update for the antivirus software.
SharkbotDopper- a new threat
“We found two SharkbotDopper apps still running in the Google Play Store. Each of them has been downloaded 10,000 to 50,000 times. On August 22, 2022, Fox-Threat IT’s Intelligence team found a new sample of Sharkbot with version 2.25. It was talking to the command-and-control servers that had been mentioned before.
“This version of Sharkbot added a new feature that steals the victims’ session cookies when they log in to their bank account.”
If you think you may have downloaded these apps, delete them and check any permissions, you may have given them. Moreover, Checking your bank account for strange, big, or small transactions is also a good idea.
How to get rid of Android apps:
Firstly, Open the app for the Google Play Store. Secondly, Tap the profile icon in the upper right corner. Thirdly, Tap Apps and Devices Manager. Manage. Click on the app’s name that you want to get rid of. Tap “Remove”
Android users don’t get baffled. Just uninstall the apps.
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