In September, it became widely known that some information security specialists had discovered a group of BlueBorne vulnerabilities in the Bluetooth protocol stack. These vulnerabilities let cybercriminals gain full control over Bluetooth-compatible devices, spread malicious programs among them, and covertly steal confidential information. In addition, in the past month, yet another banking Trojan was detected on Google Play.
In September, a whole series of vulnerabilities was detected in the Bluetooth protocol stack. Dubbed BlueBorne, they allow cybercriminals to gain complete control over a wide range of attacked devices, execute arbitrary code, and steal confidential information. The vulnerabilities also pose a threat to Android smartphones and tablets that have not yet had OS “patches” installed on them.
Doctor Web specialists are working on an update for Dr.Web Security Space for Android that will allow it to detect not only known vulnerabilities but also program errors.
In September, the banking Trojan Android.BankBot.234.origin was detected on Google Play. It was hidden in a benign game called Jewels Star Classic. Some time after its launch, it requests access to the Android Accessibility Service. The malicious program uses it to covertly install and launch Android.BankBot.233.origin, which is hidden in its resources. Then Android.BankBot.233.origin tracks the launch of Google Play and displays a phishing form of a payment service settings with a request to input a bank card information. Input data is sent to cybercriminals who can subsequently steal money from a victim’s bank account because the Trojan intercepts all SMS messages containing verification codes.
Features of Android.BankBot.234.origin:
Android device owners are exposed to danger not only from malicious applications that are spread on the Internet and Google Play but also from vulnerabilities in the operating system and its components. Doctor Web recommends that device owners install all available updates in a timely manner and use Dr.Web anti-virus products for Android.
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