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Google Play Store Cleared Off Malware, but they Keep Coming Back


Simultaneous to securing its Chrome browser once again, Google is also making the efforts for sanitizing its Play Store so as to safeguard Android devices. But although doing the first task is being effective, the Internet giant has achieved little from the latter. While certain bug bounty programs for Android exist with which profitable income is earned, the Play Store hardly becomes free of malware, with indeed the previous ones repeatedly returning.

For example the BankBot malware, which made its debut within Play Store during April 2017, even after being eliminated was rediscovered during September when it was again removed. Currently, the malware is again seen inside Play because it managed circumventing security protocols.

Notably, BankBot captures payment information and other credentials for online banking. It dupes Internauts in a way that they would give away their banking information via the attacker's overlay window that perfectly imitates the application login page of the victim's bank. Zdnet.com posted this, November 9, 2017.

BankBot recognizes various retail and financial mobile applications that run on contaminated devices as also customizes phishing assault for exhibiting one phony edition of the Internet-based bank transaction application the victim utilizes provided the malware recognizes the bank name in question.

The phony banking application remains active invisibly. Additionally, the malware intercepts the victim's outgoing SMS messages, garners his home address and sensitive information related to his payment cards such as card number, its date-of-expiry and CVC number. BankBot further garners device specifications -different apps loaded onto the smart-phone, IMEI, the OS edition running, phone model name- all of which it then dispatches to the attacker.

Evidently, BankBot is routinely updated. Ever-since its debut earlier in 2017, BankBot is able to better obfuscate code which's an increased advanced functionality for dropping payload. It also abuses the Accessibility Service of Android quite like other malware programs for mobile-banking.

Google has eliminated another malware from Play Store that distributes application for crypto-currencies' existing prices. Android owners are urged restraint in downloading unnecessary applications whether they are from Play Store or third-party sources, remaining watchful of their bank dealings, while deploying dependable mobile security software.

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