Over 230 Mobile Banking apps are targeted by Android Trojan, says QuickHeal

As even being the most used smartphone operating system ever, the Android is at the stake of virus and malware infection due to its open source nature. A lot of trojans and virus have been detected on Android devices so far, and even many RATs (Remote Access Tools) are there affecting thousands of smartphones a day. Now, the security Research lab of QUickHeal technologies has disclosed about a new Trojan Virus been infected on Android smartphones. The tool is reportedly targeting the banking apps, and many top-tier banking app users are at the stake of the credential leak, says QuickHeal Threat Analysis Official.

According to the QuickHeal report, the newly detected Trojan Tool is named as Android.banker.A9480  which uses Phishing method to attack the users. The app mostly comes with the skin of Adobe Flash Player, which is a quite ubiquitous and widely-installed tool in Android. After the installation is done, the app prompts for granting administrative rights several times until the user allows the permission. Once the app gets permission, the app will search the device for any of the listed banking apps and shows a fake notification which resembles the Banking App notification. The notification directs the user to a fake login page which steals the username and password of the user. Over 232 Banking Apps, Online Shopping Apps (Amazon, eBay, Airbnb, etc.) and several cryptocurrency related apps are targeted by this Trojan Virus.

Over 230 Mobile Banking apps are targeted by Android Trojan, says QuickHeal 2
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Here is a small list of infected apps.

Targeted Indian Banking Apps:

  • Axis Mobile
  • HDFC Bank MobileBanking
  • SBI Anywhere Personal
  • HDFC Bank MobileBanking LITE
  • iMobile by ICICI Bank
  • IDBI Bank GO Mobile+
  • Abhay by IDBI Bank Ltd
  • IDBI Bank GO Mobile
  • IDBI Bank mPassbook
  • Baroda mPassbook
  • Union Bank Mobile Banking
  • Union Bank Commercial Clients

Targeted Cryptocurrency Apps:

  • Bitfinex
  • Bitcoinium
  • Bitcoin Ticker Widget
  • Bitcoin/Altcoin chart, alarm, ticker
  • Flux Bitcoin Widget
  • Bitcoin Price
  • Crypto Prices All-in-One
  • Blockchain – Bitcoin & Ether Wallet
  • Blockchain Merchant
  • WUBS Prepaid
  • BTC.com – Bitcoin Wallet
  • BTC SAFARI – Free Bitcoin
  • Bitcoin Price IQ
  • Bitcoin Wallet
  • Blockfolio Bitcoin / Altcoin App
  • Bitcoin Wallet by Freewallet
  • Bitcoin NewsCrane
  • Bitcoin CoinMarketCap.com (unofficial) / Altcoin
  • CoinPayments
  • Bitcoin Cash Wallet by Freewallet
  • CoinMarketCapp – Blockchain Cryptocurrencies
  • CryptoStory – Cryptocurrency Portfolio
  • Dogecoin Wallet

We suggest you take several precautions in order to be safe from the Trojan/Phishing attack:

  • Avoid installing untrusted Apps
  • Check App permissions before installing any app
  • Think thrice before granting admin access to an app
  • Do not respond to any inappropriate or suspicious notifications
  • DO NOT install Adobe Flash Player as the Android versions 4.0+ have it inbuilt on the device browser itself.
  • Use reliable Antivirus tools and keep the device and Antivirus updated.

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