Billions of Android users around the world have been warned about a scary new attack that’s happening when you least expect it.
Hackers have found a way to scam people into thinking their phone is off.
Actually, the cyber crooks added fake black screen to hide what they are up to underneath.
They even remotely turn off brightness and notifications to keep victims from becoming suspicious.
This means they can do whatever they want on your phone without you knowing anything is going on.
The malware lets them type, write, copy and change what they see as if they had the phone in their hands.
Even more worryingly, it’s also capable of monitoring your own actions, which is especially useful for stealing sensitive PINs and passwords.
It is a form of on-device fraud and banking malware called Octo.
And according to experts, it has already appeared in the wild.
Threat Fabric found it on the available dark webwhere some of the worst cybercriminals lurk.
Most of them use fake web browser or Google Play Store app update notifications on the Internet to trick people into downloading the malware.
And an app called Fast Cleaner that got 50,000 installs also included Octo.
It was removed from the Play Store in February.
Octo is actually a variant of a nasty trojan called ExobotCompact that was on the market in 2018.
“ExobotCompact/Octo possesses malicious abilities supported by inventive distribution schemes, including droppers on the official Google Play Store and malicious landing pages,” said Threat Fabric.
“Therefore, it is very likely that customers will install the malware on their devices and allow the actors to remotely access their devices and therefore their bank accounts.”
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