Android apps: Huge Google warning over 12 popular

Android apps: Google warning over 12 popular Android apps

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Android apps: Huge Google warning over 12 popular Android apps caught stealing bank details

A WARNING over criminal Google Play apps that can hack your bank account has been issued by cyber-experts.

The urgent note warns over deceitful Android apps that have been downloaded over 300,000 times.

THE APPS

These apps are known as banking Trojans – designed to log your keystrokes as you access your accounts.

Hackers would create these apps to look like scanners for PDFs or QR codes, fitness guides, or wallets for crypto currency.

But instead, they would read your bank passwords, login codes and even take silent screenshots.

Cyber-experts at ThreatFabric exposed the sinister hack attack, describing it as highly sophisticated.

“Policing by Google has forced actors to find ways to significantly reduce the footprint of dropper apps,” ThreatFabric explained.

“By introducing carefully planned small malicious code updates over a longer period in Google Play.”

The apps used four different “families” of malware to hijack user logins.

And they used clever methods to avoid Google’s usual checks to prevent malware making it on to Android’s official App Store.

This allowed the hackers to quickly scale up their campaign.

“In the space of only four months, four large Android families were spread via Google Play, resulting in 300,000+ infections via multiple dropper apps,” said ThreatFabric.
The apps would appear harmless at first, but then deliver updates to introduce dangerous malware over time.
Cyber-experts also warn that this malwares are so sophisticated that even virus detectors struggled to uncover their nefarious actions

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Here’s the list of dangerous android apps as revealed by ThreatFabric…

1} Two Factor Authentications – {Package name} com.flowdivision
2} Protection Guard – {Package name} com.protectionguard.app
3} QR CreatorScanner – {Package name} com.ready.qrscanner.mix
4} Master Scanner Live – {Package name} com.multifunction.combine.qr
5} QR Scanner 2021 – {Package name} com.qr.code.generate
6} QR Scanner – {Package name} com.qr.barqr.scangen
7} PDF Document Scanner – Scan to PDF – {Package name} com.xaviermuches.docscannerpro2
8} PDF Document Scanner – {Package name} com.docscanverifier.mobile
9} PDF Document Scanner Free –{Package name} com.doscanner.mobile
10} CryptoTracker – {Package name} cryptolistapp.app.com.cryptotracker
11} Gym and Fitness Trainer – {Package name} com.gym.trainer.jeux
12} Gym and Fitness Trainer –{Package name} com.gym.trainer.jeux (reupload)

If any of these apps are installed on your Android phone, its better you delete them immediately.

You should also try changing your banking passwords, and checking your accounts for strange behavior.

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