To make things worse, once the data and files have been extracted from the device, the malware is programmed to immediately delete any traces that it’s been spying on you at all – making it incredibly hard to spot.
It’s scary stuff but before you start panicking about what personal data might now be in the hands of a total stranger it’s worth noting that this threat hasn’t been found on the Google Play Store with Zimperium zLabs saying, “Following an investigation, we discovered it to be a sophisticated spyware campaign with complex capabilities. We also confirmed with Google that the app was not and has never been on Google Play.”
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Speaking about this new attack, Ray Walsh, Digital Privacy Expert at ProPrivacy, said.”This sophisticated Remote Access Trojan is a reminder of why it is always so important for users to update their Android system via official means only. Anybody who uses third-party app repositories to download updates is at significant risk of running into these kinds of exploits.
“This will ultimately give the hackers behind the Trojan access to information such as bank details and card numbers. Android users who download trojans of this kind are constantly at risk of their data being stolen, used for fraud, and sold on the dark web.”
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