This Android malware mimics Uber to steal your login and password

06 January, 2018, 02:57 | Author: Barbara Daniel
  • New Android malware imitates the Uber app in order to steal your login data

The malware known as Android.banker.A2f8a is being distributed through a fake Flash Player app on third-party stores, Quick Heal said in a statement. In that banking apps, there are few banks belongs to India. If anyone needs further proof of that, Symantec has it, in the form of a warning over a new Android "Fakeapp" malware variant that spoofs Uber, the popular ridesharing service, to cover its tracks. This includes mobile banking apps of Axis Bank, HDFC Bank (regular and LITE versions), SBI Anywhere Personal, iMobile by ICICI Bank, IDBI Bank (Go Mobile and Go Mobile+) and Union Bank.

The malware also targets a multitude of apps from global banks, cryptocurrency wallets, Amazon Shopping app, eBay and AirBnB among others.

Mane said that Flash's popularity makes it a common target for hackers. It does this by deep linking to a URL in the official app which brings you to the Request Ride page.

What makes the malware particularly unsafe is that even if the user denies permission or administrative right or tries to kill the process on the device, "it keeps throwing continuous pop-ups until the user activates the admin privilege", said Mane.

Once it identifies an app that it can target, it pushes a fake notification on behalf of the targeted banking app. Just like the real version, this app has fields which users can use to enter their phone number and Uber password.

Image Quick Heal
Image Quick Heal

The targeted mobile apps show fake notifications which prompt users to log in with their credentials from where their data is stolen.

Furthermore, the malicious application has the ability to intercept all incoming and outgoing SMSs from the infected device with which the attackers bypass the two-factor verification.

When the user enters the information, it isn't actually providing it to Uber; the malware is using the fake interface to steal the login information from the victim. The data is then used by the cybercriminals to extract all confidential information like login ID and password.

Still, it's a good reminder for users not to download apps from untrusted sources - sticking to the Google Play store is a good idea - and to expect sophistication from malicious apps.

Read app permissions before installing applications and avoid applications that require full access to your device, contacts, and other details that are not needed for the app to operate.


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