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Google’s giant warning about 12 popular Android apps caught stealing banking details

WARNING about criminal Google Play apps that can hack your bank account has been issued by cyber experts.

Urgent Note warns about crafty Android apps that have been downloaded more than 300,000 times.

Applications will be treated as genuine software - before hijacking your system

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Applications will be treated as genuine software – before hijacking your systemCredit: Threats
Apps will silently install minor malware updates from time to time, bypassing Google's checks

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Apps will silently install minor malware updates from time to time, bypassing Google’s checksCredit: Threats

These apps are known as banking trojans – designed to record your keystrokes when you access your accounts.

Hackers will create these apps to look like PDF or QR code scanners, fitness guides, or crypto wallets.

But instead, they will read your bank password, login code and even take silent screenshots.

Network experts at Threats exposed the sinister hacking attack, describing it as highly sophisticated.

“Google policy has forced parties to find ways to significantly reduce the footprint of drip applications,” ThreatFainst explains.

“By introducing carefully planned minor malicious code updates over a longer period of time in Google Play.”

The apps used four different malware “families” to hijack users’ credentials.

And they used clever methods to bypass Google’s usual checks to prevent malware from entering the official Android App Store.

This allows hackers to quickly scale their campaigns.

“In just four months, four major Android lines were released through Google Play, resulting in more than 300,000 infections through multiple app drips,” ThreatFnai said.

The apps appear harmless at first, but then provide updates to introduce dangerous malware over time.

Cyber ​​experts also warn that the malware is so sophisticated that even virus detectors struggle to detect their nefarious actions.

List of dangerous Android apps

Here is the list of apps revealed by ThreatFainst…

  • Two-factor authentication – com.flowdivision
  • Protect protection – com.protectionguard.app
  • QR CreatorScanner – com.ready.qrscanner.mix
  • Master Scanner Live – com.multiaries.combine.qr
  • QR Scanner 2021 – com.qr.code.generate
  • QR Scanner – com.qr.barqr.scangen
  • PDF Document Scanner – Scan to PDF – com.xaviermuches.docscannerpro2
  • PDF Document Scanner – com.docscanverifier.mobile
  • Free PDF Document Scanner – com.doscanner.mobile
  • CryptoTracker – cryptolistapp.app.com.cryptotracker
  • Fitness and fitness trainer – com.gym.trainer.jeux
  • Fitness and fitness trainer – com.gym.trainer.jeux (reload)

If any of these apps are installed on your Android phone, you should remove them immediately.

You should also consider changing your bank password and checking your account for strange behavior.

Dodgy malware started appearing in Google Play Store apps around August 2021

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Dodgy malware started appearing in Google Play Store apps around August 2021Credit: Threats

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