#1 Trusted Cybersecurity News Platform Followed by 4.50+ million
The Hacker News Logo
Subscribe – Get Latest News
Insider Risk Management

ThreatFabric | Breaking Cybersecurity News | The Hacker News

Anatsa Android Trojan Bypasses Google Play Security, Expands Reach to New Countries

Anatsa Android Trojan Bypasses Google Play Security, Expands Reach to New Countries
Feb 19, 2024 Malware / Mobile Security
The Android banking trojan known as  Anatsa  has expanded its focus to include Slovakia, Slovenia, and Czechia as part of a new campaign observed in November 2023. "Some of the droppers in the campaign successfully exploited the accessibility service, despite Google Play's enhanced detection and protection mechanisms," ThreatFabric  said  in a report shared with The Hacker News. "All droppers in this campaign have demonstrated the capability to bypass the restricted settings for accessibility service in Android 13." The campaign, in total, involves five droppers with more than 100,000 total installations. Also known by the name TeaBot and Toddler, Anatsa is known to be distributed under the guise of seemingly innocuous apps on the Google Play Store. These apps, called droppers, facilitate the installation of the malware by circumventing security measures imposed by Google that seek to grant sensitive permissions. In June 2023, the Dutch mobile security firm

SecuriDropper: New Android Dropper-as-a-Service Bypasses Google's Defenses

SecuriDropper: New Android Dropper-as-a-Service Bypasses Google's Defenses
Nov 06, 2023 Mobile Security / Malware
Cybersecurity researchers have shed light on a new dropper-as-a-service (DaaS) for Android called  SecuriDropper  that bypasses new security restrictions imposed by Google and delivers the malware. Dropper malware on Android is designed to function as a conduit to install a payload on a compromised device, making it a lucrative business model for threat actors, who can advertise the capabilities to other criminal groups. What's more, doing so also allows adversaries to separate the development and execution of an attack from the installation of the malware. "Droppers and the actors behind them are in a constant state of evolution as they strive to outwit evolving security measures," Dutch cybersecurity firm ThreatFabric  said  in a report shared with The Hacker News. One such security measure introduced by Google with Android 13 is what's called the Restricted Settings, which prevents sideloaded applications from obtaining Accessibility and Notification Listener

SpyNote Strikes Again: Android Spyware Targeting Financial Institutions

SpyNote Strikes Again: Android Spyware Targeting Financial Institutions
Jan 05, 2023 Mobile Security / Surveillance
Financial institutions are being targeted by a new version of Android malware called SpyNote at least since October 2022 that combines both spyware and banking trojan characteristics. "The reason behind this increase is that the developer of the spyware, who was previously selling it to other actors, made the source code public," ThreatFabric  said  in a report shared with The Hacker News. "This has helped other actors [in] developing and distributing the spyware, often also targeting banking institutions." Some of the notable institutions that are impersonated by the malware include Deutsche Bank, HSBC U.K., Kotak Mahindra Bank, and Nubank. SpyNote (aka SpyMax) is feature-rich and comes with a plethora of capabilities that allows it to install arbitrary; gather SMS messages, calls, videos, and audio recordings; track GPS locations; and even hinder efforts to uninstall the app. It also follows the modus operandi of other  banking   malware  by requesting for p

Protecting Your Organization From Insider Threats - All You Need to Know

cyber security
websiteWing SecuritySaaS Security
Get practical insights and strategies to manage inadequate offboarding and insider risks effectively.

SHQ Response Platform and Risk Centre to Enable Management and Analysts Alike

SHQ Response Platform and Risk Centre to Enable Management and Analysts Alike
May 13, 2024Threat Detection / SoC / SIEM
In the last decade, there has been a growing disconnect between front-line analysts and senior management in IT and Cybersecurity. Well-documented challenges facing modern analysts revolve around a high volume of alerts, false positives, poor visibility of technical environments, and analysts spending too much time on manual tasks. The Impact of Alert Fatigue and False Positives  Analysts are overwhelmed with alerts. The knock-on effect of this is that fatigued analysts are at risk of missing key details in incidents, and often conduct time-consuming triaging tasks manually only to end up copying and pasting a generic closing comment into a false positive alert.  It is likely that there will always be false positives. And many would argue that a false positive is better than a false negative. But for proactive actions to be made, we must move closer to the heart of an incident. That requires diving into how analysts conduct the triage and investigation process. SHQ Response Platfo

Beware: Cybercriminals Launch New BrasDex Android Trojan Targeting Brazilian Banking Users

Beware: Cybercriminals Launch New BrasDex Android Trojan Targeting Brazilian Banking Users
Dec 20, 2022 Banking Malware / Mobile Security
The threat actors behind the Windows banking malware known as Casbaneiro has been attributed as behind a novel Android trojan called  BrasDex  that has been observed targeting Brazilian users as part of an ongoing multi-platform campaign. BrasDex features a "complex keylogging system designed to abuse Accessibility Services to extract credentials specifically from a set of Brazilian targeted apps, as well as a highly capable Automated Transfer System ( ATS ) engine," ThreatFabric  said  in a report published last week. The Dutch security firm said that the command-and-control (C2) infrastructure used in conjunction with BrasDex is also being used to control  Casbaneiro , which is known to strike banks and cryptocurrency services in Brazil and Mexico. The  hybrid Android and Windows malware campaign  is estimated to have resulted in thousands of infections to date. BrasDex, which masquerades as a banking app for Banco Santander, is also emblematic of a new trend that in

Researchers Uncover Darknet Service Allowing Hackers to Trojanize Legit Android Apps

Researchers Uncover Darknet Service Allowing Hackers to Trojanize Legit Android Apps
Dec 08, 2022 Mobile Security / Android Malware
Researchers have shed light on a new hybrid malware campaign targeting both Android and Windows operating systems in a bid to expand its pool of victims. The attacks entail the use of different malware such as  ERMAC ,  Erbium ,  Aurora , and  Laplas , according to a  ThreatFabric report  shared with The Hacker News. "This campaign resulted in thousands of victims," the Dutch cybersecurity company said, adding, "Erbium stealer successfully exfiltrated data from more then 1,300 victims." The ERMAC infections commence with a fraudulent website that claims to offer Wi-Fi authorization software for Android and Windows that, when installed, comes with features to steal seed phrases from crypto wallets and other sensitive data. ThreatFabric said it also found a number of malicious apps that were trojanized versions of legitimate apps like Instagram, with the operators using them as droppers to deliver the obfuscated malicious payload. The rogue apps, dubbed Zombin

Hackers Using Vishing to Trick Victims into Installing Android Banking Malware

Hackers Using Vishing to Trick Victims into Installing Android Banking Malware
Oct 12, 2022
Malicious actors are resorting to voice phishing (vishing) tactics to dupe victims into installing Android malware on their devices, new research from ThreatFabric reveals. The Dutch mobile security company said it identified a network of phishing websites targeting Italian online-banking users that are designed to get hold of their contact details. Telephone-oriented attack delivery (TOAD), as the social engineering technique is called, involves calling the victims using previously collected information from the fraudulent websites. The caller, who purports to be a support agent for the bank, instructs the individual on the other end of the call to install a security app and grant it extensive permissions, when, in reality, it's malicious software intended to gain remote access or conduct financial fraud. In this case, it leads to the deployment of an Android malware dubbed  Copybara , a mobile trojan first detected in November 2021 and is primarily used to perform on-devic

Latest Mobile Malware Report Suggests On-Device Fraud is on the Rise

Latest Mobile Malware Report Suggests On-Device Fraud is on the Rise
May 31, 2022
An analysis of the mobile threat landscape in 2022 shows that Spain and Turkey are the most targeted countries for malware campaigns, even as a mix of new and existing banking trojans are increasingly targeting Android devices to conduct on-device fraud (ODF). Other frequently targeted countries include Poland, Australia, the U.S., Germany, the U.K., Italy, France, and Portugal. "The most worrying leitmotif is the increasing attention to On-Device Fraud (ODF)," Dutch cybersecurity company ThreatFabric  said  in a report shared with The Hacker News. "Just in the first five months of 2022 there has been an increase of more than 40% in malware families that abuse Android OS to perform fraud using the device itself, making it almost impossible to detect them using traditional fraud scoring engines." Hydra ,  FluBot  (aka Cabassous),  Cerberus ,  Octo , and  ERMAC  accounted for the most active banking trojans based on the number of samples observed during the same
Expert Insights
Cybersecurity Resources