Jakarta, COTEKNO.COM – Android users have the convenience of installing applications from third parties outside the Play Store. However, this method also carries risks, such as for example the application has been infiltrated by dangerous malware.
Cybersecurity company Bitdefender discovered that a fake ad-blocking app had been compromised by a malware called Teabot. These irresponsible parties create fake applications that are similar to popular original applications to deceive users.
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BitDefender in this case found two malware named TeaBot and Flubot which helped trick Android users into installing what they thought were legitimate apps from popular and well-known brands but turned out to be full of malware.
Bitdefender also discovered five new malicious Android apps that contained the TeaBot trojan and mimicked legitimate and popular Android apps, with at least one of the apps having been installed more than 50 million times.
Fake apps ask for permission to show on top of other apps, show notifications, and install apps outside the Play Store. Once this app is installed, its icon will be instantly hidden.
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Make no mistake, TeaBot has the potential to do some serious damage including overlay attacks through Android accessibility services, intercept messages, perform various keylogging activities, steal Google Authentication codes, and even take complete control of Android devices remotely.
Meanwhile, according to BitDefender, Flubot malware is spread via SMS spam. And steal banking information, contacts, SMS, and other types of personal data from infected devices while using another available command arsenal, including the ability to send SMS with content provided by CnC.
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Flubot also emulates delivery apps like DHL Express Mobile with over 1 million installs from the Google Play Store, Fedex with over 5 million Android installs, and Correos with over 500,000 downloads.
There are actually ways to protect yourself from this malware infecting your phone. Bitdefender recommends that you never install apps from outside the Google Play Store. Also, make sure to monitor any permissions you give to the apps installed on your smartphone.