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New Trojan banker for Android steals banking credentials

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February 15, 2016

It was discovered this morning that a new Trojan banker for Android devices is reportedly capable of not only wiping compromised smartphones but it can also steal online banking credentials, security researchers have warned users.

The so-called 'Mazar BOT' Android malware is read using booby-trapped multi-media messages. If installed, the malware gains full admin rights that give it the ability to do almost anything with a victim's phone.

The malware can read SMS messages, which means it can also circumvent two factor authentication systems.

The malware also has the ability to send SMS messages to premium channel numbers, run man-in-the-middle attacks or even erase compromised phones. And if all of that isn't bad enough for you, it also uses TOR for communication.

Antivirus detection is currently very low, Danish security firm Heimdal Security warns. “Mazar BOT has been advertised for sale on several websites on the Dark Web, but this is the first time we’ve seen this code be abused in active attacks,” Heimdal Security added.

Overall, the malware cannot be installed on smartphones running Android with the Russian language option, however.

More on the Mazar BOT Android malware can be found in a blog post by CSIS, Heimdal Security’s parent firm.

CSIS also shows how the malware can abuse Chrome injects, among other tricks in its sleeve. To say that the malware is bad would be an understatement.

Source: Heimdal Security.

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