The spread of malicious software infecting Android via SMS

Feb

16

2016

Unveiled Heimdal Security specialized in digital security for the spread of malicious software exploits a vulnerability in the system Android , specifically SMS text messages and multimedia messages MMS, allowing control of the entire device.

Andra Zaharia said security expert at the company’s new software bearing Mazar name, and which is included within the link text message to deceive an ordinary user to control the apparatus as well as the implementation of sabotage operations manager powers. She added that the gap began to be exploited on a large scale but so far can not be limited to its activity in a specific geographic area, date back monitored for the first time to the month of November of 2015 by a company Recorded Future .

And it requests the message from the user click on the link, including to see the full content. Once you click on the link is loaded suffix APK – file, the same subsequent Android applications – named MMS Messaging used to think that the file related to the system, and in this case the application on the powers to begin deployment will happen.

After exploit the vulnerability, you get malware on the powers of the director, to begin to send text messages without the user’s knowledge, or steal browsing sessions within browsers and this in turn gives the penetrating powers of the full to see the location history, as well as stored passwords or data you send and receive.

In addition, the software can Mazar delete all phone components with the ability to read text messages received, and therefore can penetrative login two-step Two-Step Verification System is used in many of the services exceeded on the Internet.

And it evolved malware and how to exploit a loophole to the system over time to include it risks such as eavesdropping on the user connection, which is known as the Man in the Middle, so that it reads the breached data exchanged between the user and any site on the Internet.

This software and ridden with all Android systems without exception, but the researchers spotted the devices that use the Russian language can not catch it, where the decomposition of malicious software device language first, to stop work immediately if the Russian language is the language of the machine.

And Android users can protect their computers from this loophole to avoid pressure on any link up via SMS as long as it is from a trusted source, or to refrain from downloading and installing any file via the Internet.

It is noteworthy that the software Mazar mainly sold in the Dark Web Dark Web, which is part of the Internet can only be reached through the use of TOR and the private their browser program, where Heimdal Security company described that always hackers are working to develop their methods in order to obtain money, but it noted that the seriousness of Mazar lies in being dependent on TOR to hide the connections you make.

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