Women targeted malware steals song from WhatsApp for SMS fraud




A security company has discovered a form of Android malware which app the phone number of the user steals from WhatsApp in order thereby to subscribe to premium SMS services. The malware is downloaded between 300,000 and 1.2 million times.

The malware was according to Panda Security hidden in apps in Google’s Play Store with cupcakerecepten include and diet tips, and seemed therefore aimed specifically at women. The apps gave a window with a large Accept button, beneath a window with unreadable conditions. In those conditions was that the user agrees to subscribe to a premium SMS service.

That premium SMS service then sent a text message to confirm the subscription but intercepted the app, pulled the pin out of the SMS, confirming the subscription to the service site. Everything that happened in the background without the user could see anything.

The apps took the phone number of the user of the SIM card, but from chat app WhatsApp. Thus did the app to have. Access to voice services The malware is downloaded by between 300,000 and 1.2 million people, presumably mostly Spanish-speaking Android users. That the apps in Play Store appeared, is probably because they have little pull malware hitherto appeared. After all the apps ask for permission to take out a subscription to SMS services. The apps also aroused much suspicion as they were hundreds to thousands of reviews with an average of four stars. Google Apps has been removed.

Although many malware aimed at Android, the threats often come from apps that do not appear in Google’s Play Store. Often malware is in apps for example filesharing sites which users think that it is a cracked version of a paid app. Many malware is also in apps for download from shops. Google apps are checked Bouncer program for malware before they enter the Play Store. In addition, Google Apps users sideload check for malware installation. Could
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