Android Fakeapp virus steals your information by mimicking the Uber app

Android Malware Steals Uber Credentials

Do not download apps from third-party stores and stick to Google Play only.

As reported by Symantec, the malware is a version of Android.Fakeapp, an Android trojan that attackers have been using to display advertisements and collect information from compromised devices since 2012.

A number of apps run by prominent Indian banks like the State Bank of India, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, IDBI Bank, Union Bank of Commerce, and Bank of Baroda have so far been targeted by the trojan.

The malware also targets a multitude of apps from global banks, cryptocurrency wallets, Amazon Shopping app, eBay and AirBnB among others. The Flash Player app is a popular target for cybercriminals due to its prevalence. "Deep links are URLs that take users directly to specific content in an app".

According to researchers at California-based cybersecurity company Symantec, the newly-discovered malware variant uses a unique monetisation technique, in addition to the common overlay tricks of asking users to enter their credit card details. The malicious app keeps working in the background while checking for one of the 232 banking apps. As soon it finds one of the targeted apps, it starts sending fake notifications which resemble the ones from the targetted apps. Just like the real version, this app has fields which users can use to enter their phone number and Uber password.

Fake Uber app screen
Fake Uber app screens for users to enter their registered mobile number and

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. The data is then used by the cybercriminals to extract all confidential information like login ID and password. And even if the user denies the request or kills the process, the app will keep throwing continuous pop-ups until the user activates the admin privilege.

"Users are advised to avoid downloading apps from third-party app stores or links provided in SMS and e-mails to keep their credentials safe", Quick Heal Technologies Joint Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer Sanjay Katkar said.

Thankfully, the errant software can not be found on the Play Store and therefore unless you're downloading apps from other sources, which is often not a good idea, you should be safe.

As an extra precaution, go through the list of permissions every app requests from you during installation.

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