Zanubis Android Banking Trojan Poses as Peruvian Government App to Target Users


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An emerging Android banking trojan called Zanubis is now masquerading as a Peruvian government app to trick unsuspecting users into installing the malware.

"Zanubis's main infection path is through impersonating legitimate Peruvian Android applications and then tricking the user into enabling the Accessibility permissions in order to take full control of the device," Kaspersky said in an analysis published last week.

Kaspersky said it observed recent samples of Zanubis in the wild in April 2023, operating under the guise of the Peruvian customs and tax agency named Superintendencia Nacional de Aduanas y de Administración Tributaria (SUNAT).

Installing the app and granting it accessibility permissions allows it to run in the background and load the genuine SUNAT website using Android's WebView to create a veneer of legitimacy. It maintains connections to an actor-controlled server to receive next-stage commands over WebSockets.

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