New Chameleon Android malware mimics bank, govt, and crypto apps


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Feb 4, 2016
A new Android trojan called ‘Chameleon’ has been targeting users in Australia and Poland since the start of the year, mimicking the CoinSpot cryptocurrency exchange, an Australian government agency, and the IKO bank.

The mobile malware was discovered by cybersecurity firm Cyble, which reports seeing distribution through compromised websites, Discord attachments, and Bitbucket hosting services.
Chameleon includes a wide range of malicious functionality, including stealing user credentials through overlay injections and keylogging, cookies, and SMS texts from the infected device.

A focus on evasion​

Upon launch, the malware performs a variety of checks to evade detection by security software.
These checks include anti-emulation checks to detect if the device is rooted and debugging is activated, increasing the likelihood that the app is running in an analyst’s environment.

If the environment appears clean, the infection continues, and Chameleon requests the victim to permit it to use the Accessibility Service, which it abuses to grant itself additional permissions, disable Google Play Protect, and stop the user from uninstalling it.

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