Monday, 21 January, 2019


New Android hack steals Uber credentials, covers its tracks

New Android hack steals Uber credentials, covers its tracks New Android hack steals Uber credentials, covers its tracks
Melba Vasquez | 05 January, 2018, 20:35

However, this malware attacking the Uber Android app is a good reminder for the users to stay away from downloading apps from untrusted sources.

Once it does, the trojan shows fake notifications and tricks the user to enter the credentials. Once the user falls for it and enters his or her login credentials, the malware will make the details prone to the attackers. Symantec adds that they don't expect the malware to see widespread distribution and that those affected should be concentrated in Russian-speaking countries and only limited in number. Thankfully, most users should be safe, if they get their apps from trusted sources, or at least run some sort of antivirus. Android mobile phone users having third party app stores - an online app market to install apps, just like Google Play but not owned by Android OS or Google - run the risk of accidentally downloading this malware, putting confidential security details like netbanking customer id and password at risk.

In India, Quick Heal identified the list of banks whose apps are being targeted by Android.banker.A2f8a, which include mobile banking apps of Axis Bank, HDFC Bank (regular and LITE versions), SBI Anywhere Personal, iMobile by ICICI Bank, IDBI Bank (Go Mobile and Go Mobile+) and Union Bank.

The researchers at Symantec have discovered a malware that sneakily spoofs into the Uber Android app and harvests the passwords of the user accounts.

"This is where creators of this Fakeapp variant got creative", he continued. Once the user does that, the app attempts to lull the user into a false sense of security by using a deep link to Uber's ride request activity, pulling the user's current location info to fill in the form.

Read user reviews and comments outside the app store.

Deep linking is used to directly open a specific part of an app, rather than directly launching it; think of it like a web URL for applications. According to Quick Heal security report, the Trojan also targets cryptocurrency apps present on a user's phone.

It is being spread through some flash player apps and once downloaded it tries to imitate the banking apps. This number will also include some users who were part of a breach involving approximately 57 million accounts, the details of which were offered by the company past year. Most importantly, verify app permissions before installing any app even from official stores such as Google Play.

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