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A Nasty Android Malware is being distributed Via Online Ad Network of Google


As per Kaspersky Lab researchers, they have just stumble across a latest sophisticated Android malware piece that is designed for stealing banking credentials of a user. Broadly speaking, this malware is just like other schemes that has been seen earlier where phishing schemes are cleverly used for tricking users in disclosing their bank user ID as well as password.

This is a banking "trojan" that is designed for stealing banking credentials of its victim. One of the methods it follows is by creation of phishing windows that are designed for duping users in entering their credentials. It can further read as well as delete text messages that are sent by their bankers to users.

The disturbing part is the way it makes to the phone's victim. Researchers of Kaspersky, a security firm, found out that it was distributed by the AdSense - a massive advertising network of Google that is used by numerous companies and people for displaying ads on its websites. Businessinsider.in posted on August 15th, 2016, stating that Ads powered by the AdSense emerge everywhere from the tiny blogs to international news organisations websites (researchers of Kaspersky saw it appearing on the RT, state-owned media company of Russia); it is the single biggest advertisement network of world.

Once installed, the malware hides itself from applications list on phone, thus making it difficult to detect as well as remove.

There are many ways to avoid infections. If users set its security settings in such a way that their phones will not run applications from the unknown sources, then their devices cannot be compromised. Although, Android by default will not run the unknown apps - but sometimes it becomes necessity to modify the settings, which put the phone in risk.

As per Kaspersky, the malware currently seems to target the users only in Russia. Till now, Google has not issued any comment on this matter. They will update the post as and when google issues any comment. It is still an embarrassment for the Google, and endorses the argument that has been often made that sometimes it becomes necessary to block online ad for protecting the security and safety of users.

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