Thursday, 17 April 2014 17:30

Beware of new Android malware, warns ESET

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Security vendor ESET has warned Android users of a new Android Trojan spreading via Facebook pages.

According to ESET, the iBanking app for Android is spyware, being able to capture SMS messages, redirect incoming voice calls, and capturing audio via the microphone.

The malware is being spread by a piece of malicious JavaScript (delivered by Windows-specific malware) that injects a request to download a "unique software tool for safe and secure authorization" when the user logs into Facebook.

But far from protecting the user, the app that is delivered contains spyware that has been around since at least last November.

According to ESET officials, it has also been used in Trojans that attempt to bypass two-factor authentication schemes that SMS a one-time PIN to the user's mobile phone.

This scheme has spread from banks and other financial services companies to general purpose internet services including Google and Facebook.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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