This Android Malware Targets 232 Banking Apps Including Indian Banks

The malware known as ‘Android.banker.A9480’ not only targets banking apps, it also targets cryptocurrency apps that were installed on user’s smartphone. According to Quick Heal Security Labs, after installing the fake Flash Player app, hackers send several prompts that ask to activate the administrative rights.

This Android Malware Targets 232 Banking Apps Including Indian Banks

If we look around, the threat of malware and viruses are becoming more and more dangerous. Hackers have now targeted Android operating system because Android is right now the most used mobile operating system.

Recently, A trojan malware, named ‘Android.banker.A9480’ had been found targeting over 232 banking apps including a few banks in India. According to the reports from Quick Heal Security Labs, the malware sneaks into login data, SMS and contact lists and sends them to a malicious server.

The malware known as ‘Android.banker.A9480’ not only targets banking apps, it also targets cryptocurrency apps that were installed on user’s smartphone. The malware spreads itself through a fake Flash player app on from third-party stores.

According to Quick Heal Security Labs, after installing the fake Flash Player app, hackers send several prompts that ask to activate the administrative rights. The app sends lots of pop-ups to victims until the administrative rights are activated.

The app keeps running in the background and checks for one of the 232 banking apps. If it finds the app, it sends fake notification that resembles the banking app. If victims open the notifications, they get to see a fake login panel that asks to enter Login ID and password.

The reports from Quick Heal also claims that the malware can process commands like sending and collecting SMS, uploading contact list, displaying fake notification, access GPS settings and much more. Not only these, the malware can even bypass the OTP based two-factor authentication on the user’s bank account.

According to Quick Heal, the affected Indian banking apps are:

  • Axis mobile
  • HDFC Bank MobileBanking
  • SBI Anywhere Personal
  • HDFC Bank MobileBanking LITE
  • iMobile by ICICI Bank
  • IDBI Bank GO Mobile+
  • Abhay by IDBI Bank Ltd
  • IDBI Bank GO Mobile
  • IDBI Bank mPassbook
  • Baroda mPassbook
  • Union Bank Mobile Banking
  • Union Bank Commercial Clients

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