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New Android Malware Apps Use Motion Sensor to Evade Detection

New Android Malware Apps Use Motion Sensor to Evade Detection

January 18, 2019Mohit Kumar
Even after so many efforts by Google for preventing its Play Store from malware, shady apps somehow managed to fool its anti-malware protections and get into its service to infect Android users with malware. Two such Android apps have recently been spotted on the Google Play Store by security researchers with the Trend Micro malware research team, infecting thousands of Android users who have already downloaded them with banking malware. The apps in question masquerade as a currency exchange app called Currency Converter and battery saver app called BatterySaverMobi , and are using motion-sensor inputs of infected Android devices to monitor them before installing a dangerous banking Trojan called Anubis. The malicious Android apps, with a large number of fake five-star reviews, use this clever trick instead of traditional evasion techniques in order to avoid detection when researchers run emulators (which are less likely to use sensors) to detect such malicious apps. &quo
First Android Ransomware that Encrypts SD Card Files

First Android Ransomware that Encrypts SD Card Files

June 05, 2014Swati Khandelwal
We have seen cybercriminals targeting PCs with Ransomware malware that encrypts your files or lock down your computer and ask for a ransom amount to be paid in a specified duration of time to unlock it. To deliver the Ransomware malwares to the mobile devices, cyber criminals have already started creating malicious software programs for android devices. Last month, we reported about a new Police Ransomware malware that locks up the devices until the victims pay a ransom to get the keys to unlock the phone. But, the malware just lock the mobile screen and a loophole in the its implementation allowed users to recover their device and data stored on SDcard. Now, in an effort to overcome this, threat actors have adopted encryption in the development of mobile Ransomware malwares. Recently, the security firm ESET has discovered a new Android ransomware, dubbed as Android/Simplocker.A , that has ability to encrypt the files on the device SD card and then demand a ransom from the victim
10th Anniversary of the World’s first Mobile Malware 'Cabir'

10th Anniversary of the World’s first Mobile Malware 'Cabir'

January 27, 2014Swati Khandelwal
The year 2014 starts with the formation of new mobile malware like ‘ Android . HeHe ’, with the ability to steal text messages, intercept phone calls, and other malware such as ‘ XXXX . apk ’ uses WiFi networks or hotspots to steal information, infected more than 24,000 Devices. But it should not be forgotten by us that 2014 marks the 10th Anniversary of the World’s First mobile malware . FortiGuard Labs has published a whitepaper  that briefly explains the major mobile threats from 'Cabir' to 'FakeDefend' over the last decade. The world’s first mobile malware was ' Cabir ', detected in 2004 when mobiles were not so popular among all of us. It was developed by the group of hackers known as 29A , designed to infect the Nokia Series 60 , the most popular Smartphone platform with tens of millions users worldwide at that time. The name “ Caribe ” appears on the screen of the infected phones and the worm spreads itself by seeking other devices such as
Activating mobile malware with Music and Light Sensors

Activating mobile malware with Music and Light Sensors

May 30, 2013Mohit Kumar
Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) presented the research that it is possible to trigger malware hidden in mobile devices using music, lighting, or vibration. In a research paper titled “ Sensing-Enabled Channels for Hard-to-Detect Command and Control of Mobile Devices ”, the researchers reported that they triggered malware hidden in mobile devices using music from 17 meters away in a crowded hallway. Malware once activated would carry out programmed attacks either by itself or as part of a wider botnet of mobile devices. Presenting their findings at a conference earlier this month, the researchers explained how sensors in ubiquitous mobile devices have opened the door to a new generation of mobile malware that unsuspecting users unwittingly downloaded onto their devices. Since the trigger needs to be relatively close to the smartphone to active any hidden malware, any threats would be limited to the local environment. “ We showed that these sensory channe
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