Google Play has been spreading Android malware for years2020-04-30 17:14 by Daniela
Tags: Google Play, Android, malware
Researchers from Kaspersky Lab have discovered a new spy campaign that has been stealing data off of hundreds of users for the last five years.
Dubbed "PhantomLance," this campaign involves dozens of malicious apps that were offered on Google Play, as well as other app stores, such as APKpure, that offer Android apps. Those behind the campaign are taking steps to keep these malicious apps hidden from the security features built into the Google Play store, the researchers report.
Researchers say that the malware used in this particular campaign is a lot more complicated than the typical malware used by cybercriminals to steal financial information and credentials from Southeast Asian Android users. The majority of users impacted by this campaign are located in Vietnam, with a small number located in China.
Once downloaded, the spyware can gather broad information about the targeted Android user, including geolocation, call logs, contact access and SMS access, Kaspersky reports. The malware also can gather a list of other installed applications on the device as well as details about the smartphone model and version of the operating system in use.
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