TeaBot malware slips back into Google Play Store to target US users


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The TeaBot banking trojan was spotted once again in Google Play Store where it posed as a QR code app and spread to more than 10,000 devices.

This is a trick that its distributors used before, in January, and even though Google ousted these entries, it appears that the malware can still find a way into the official Android app repository.

According to a report from Cleafy, an online fraud management and prevention company, these applications are acting as droppers. They are submitted without malicious code and request minimal permissions, which makes it hard for Google’s reviewers to spot anything shady.

Also, the trojanized apps include the promised functionality, so user reviews on the Play Store are positive.