CERT-In has issued a warning, said The Trojan the virus can “masquerade as a legitimate application like Microsoft Word, Adobe flash and others use third-party application download sites to infiltrate victim devices. ”
Trojans are viruses or malware who tricked the victim into secretly attacking his computer or telephone operating system.
“It has been observed that a new Android mobile malware called EventBot is spreading.
“This is a mobile-banking and info thief Trojan that misuses Android’s built-in accessibility features to steal users data from financially application, read user SMS messages and intercept SMS messages, which allow malware to bypass two-factor authentication, “the CERT-In advisor said.
The Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In) is the national technology arm to combat cyber attacks and protect Indian cyber space.
“EventBot”, he said, is targeting more than 200 different financial applications, including banking applications, money transfer services and cryptocurrency wallets, or financial applications based in the US and Europe today but some of their services can affect Indian users as well.
Virus “mostly targets financial applications such as the Paypal Business, Revolut, Barclays, UniCredit, CapitalOne UK, HSBC UK, TransferWise, Coinbase, paysafecard etc., “said CERT-In.
The agency said while “EventBot” had not been “seen” on Google Playstore until now, can “masquerade” as a native cellphone application.
“After being installed on the victim’s Android device, he asks for permissions such as controlling system warnings, reading external storage content, installing additional packages, accessing the internet, whitelisting to ignore battery optimization, preventing the processor from sleeping or dimming the screen, starting automatically at reboot, accept and read SMS messages and continue running and accessing data in the background, “explained the advisor.
The virus further encourages users to provide access to the accessibility services of their devices.
“Also, it can take notifications about other installed applications and read content from other applications.
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