Spread threats across smartphones Android, by itself, doesn't seem to be too complicated. When these apps are the same as very popular apps and even are or were in the Play Store, then it gets more complicated and many people end up with bass problems on mobile. So that's why we have to be always on the alert. Especially when at the base of the threats are two variants like TeaBot and FlutBot, as the security company discovered BitDefender.
Play Store: These Popular Apps CAUSE Serious Problems!
One of the biggest assets of Android smartphones is also one of the biggest weaknesses. The possibility of downloading applications for the operating system, without going through official stores. However what does this mean? Well, we might have an app on the Play Store that looks really nice and doesn't actually do anything. The problem is that after being installed it can download dangerous content afterwards.
This method is a favorite of threats TeaBot e Flubot. The Teabot that is posing as very dangerous apps can make attacks through Google's accessibility services, intercept messages, harvest everything we type, steal authentication codes and even take over the Android device completely.
In this regard, BitDefender researchers have detected five new malicious Android apps that mimic real apps so well that it is very difficult to discover the sting. Proof of this is the fact that several of them have already accounted for more than 50 million downloads.
So let's look at the difference between the original apps and the clones. In fact, in many cases it is practically impossible to tell the difference.
Once you install one of these apps, strange things happen. For example, you might have an app that looks like a ad blocker installed on the smartphone. However, the only purpose is to install threats.
But this is not the only threat.
Because we also have Flubot that tries to pass itself off as other applications and steals everything it gets its hands on. so spreads across SMS and can access all messages, even send them to our entire contact list. This list will also go to third parties.
FluBot is transmitted via links shared by SMS. That's why you have to be very careful about the messages you receive. Do you know the ones who say you have an order late when you are not really expecting anything? These are the same and others like that.
However the operation is simple. So you get an SMS with a fake link. Click on it and ask to install a very convincing app. Example: follow your submission here. If you install it, you are asked to access smartphone accessibility services. Something that people normally give access to because they don't think there is much danger. When that happens, the threat is entitled to many things that it shouldn't get its hands on.
In order to fool people, FluBot disguises itself as FedEx, DHL, Correos and Chrome apps. So it goes more unnoticed. These are some examples of the fake apps that are circulating.
So for all this it really matters to be very careful. It's just that installing the wrong app can cause us a lot of problems.
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