Talking Android ransomware extorts victims

Imagine a situation where your Android mobile phone or tablet unexpectedly starts talking to you. A super cool new feature, right? Sure, but only until you realize that the female voice that has just “congratulated” you is actually delivering a message on behalf of lockscreen ransomware. And, if you speak Chinese, you’ve worked out that … More Talking Android ransomware extorts victims

Released Android malware source code used to run a banking botnet

The new Android banking malware ESET recently discovered on Google Play was spotted in the wild again, targeting more banks. Further investigation of this resurfacing threat has uncovered its code was built using source code that was made public a couple of months ago. The previous version was detected by ESET as Trojan.Android/Spy.Banker.HU (version 1.1 … More Released Android malware source code used to run a banking botnet

Sunny with a chance of stolen credentials: Malicious weather app found on Google Play

See also Released Android malware source code used to run a banking botnet. Android users were the target of new banking malware with screen locking capabilities, which was disguised as a weather forecast app on Google Play. Detected by ESET as Trojan.Android/Spy.Banker.HU, the malware was a trojanized version of the otherwise benign weather forecast application Good … More Sunny with a chance of stolen credentials: Malicious weather app found on Google Play

Android malware: It doesn’t hurt to know about this

The most popular mobile platform in the world is Android. First introduced in 2008, it has gone on to be a major success – today, millions of devices, in over 190 countries, are powered by this mobile operation system. It’s not surprising, as it offers users a lot of benefits, including rapid innovation, a powerful … More Android malware: It doesn’t hurt to know about this

Trends in Android ransomware

2016 brought some interesting developments to the Android ransomware scene, seeing ransomware emerge as one of the most pressing cybersecurity issues on the mobile platform. Authors of lock-screen ransomware, as well as file-encrypting “crypto-ransomware”, used copycat techniques proven effective in desktop malware, as well as develop their own sophisticated methods specifically designed for Android users. … More Trends in Android ransomware

New Android trojan mimics user clicks to download dangerous malware

Android users have been exposed to a new malicious app imitating Adobe Flash Player that serves as a potential entrance for many types of dangerous malware. The application, detected by ESET security software as Android/TrojanDownloader.Agent.JI, tricks its victims into granting it special permissions in the Android accessibility menu and uses these to download and execute … More New Android trojan mimics user clicks to download dangerous malware

Android ransomware spreads further, with new methods in its toolbox

Ransomware seems to have maintained its attractiveness amongst cybercriminals, steadily growing on multiple platforms – including mobile since 2014. Android users have been targeted by various types of this extorting malware, most frequently by the police ransomware, trying to scare victims into paying up after (falsely) accusing them of harvesting illegal content on their devices. … More Android ransomware spreads further, with new methods in its toolbox