Gandalf_The_Grey

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The official Android app market has traditionally been regarded as a safe place to install applications from. Every once in a while, remarkably malicious apps slip right through and start wreaking havoc before they’re spotted and retired.

Today’s blog post focuses on several utility apps that look innocent at a glance, but whose real purpose is to download and enable various banker Trojans on the device and lend hackers a hand into emptying victims’ accounts.

The apps in question were spotted on Google Play by some of our machine learning algorithms. The apps belong to different categories, but most of them are marketed as health and sports companions. Their presence on Google Play dates back to February this year, but the most recent ones were published just days ago. At the moment of writing this report, several samples are still available on third-party stores. The apps vary in popularity, with the more popular ones having been downloaded more than 10,000 times.

Bitdefender detects this threat as Android.Trojan.Downloader.UT.
Read the full article from Bitdefender here:
 

Captain Awesome

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Nothing is safe! You have to be careful with apps
Permissions. Google is trying their best to deal with this but you have to be extra careful what you click, after all it is your device and your decision.
 
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