New Android virus steals data and sends offensive messages


For smartphones, there are hundreds of all kinds of viruses aimed both at stealing user data, and at earning from showing hidden advertising, phishing, organizing remote tracking and other types of compromise. But another development of hackers is original in that after the infection of the device it sends offensive messages to the victim’s contacts.

The Faketoken banking Trojan was first discovered back in 2014. Thanks to the ability to simulate popular applications, including Google Pay, it is among the twenty most dangerous malware. For five years, the developers of antivirus software managed to overcome periodic virus attacks, but its authors did not lose time in vain and equipped their brainchild with a new non-standard function.

According to Kaspersky Lab experts, the Faketoken virus not only still poses a serious threat to the banking segment, working to steal user data and information about the victim’s accounts, but also from now on knows how to organize spamming. Owners of about 5000 devices that were recently hit by this malware note that money began to disappear from their account, and SMS messages with insults appeared in the list of sent messages.

Despite the fact that the operation algorithm seems somewhat strange, in fact, this is how Faketoken earns money. After ascertaining that the account of the infected device has a positive balance, the virus starts sending messages to various numbers, including foreign ones. Due to such items, the virus developers earn because most of the numbers of the recipients are associated with commercial companies and the cost of delivering such messages is set at special overcharge rates.

As usual, experts recommend that you avoid installing applications outside of Google Play, read what permissions programs ask for, and don’t follow unknown links.


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