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SharkBot malware returns to attack on Android smartphones: Italian banking apps are affected

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Following September reports that SharkBot is returning to Android, Banking trojan gets a new look on the Google Play Store by infecting a number of applications using a different method than before, thanks to a new, more dangerous version.

The malware in question is actually constantly evolving, as Bitdefender experts explain. Research conducted by cyber security experts, SharkBot prompts user for key permissions such as reading and writing external archives, installing new packages, accessing account details and deleting packages – to clear your traces.

These permissions may be normal if these are apps for managing files on the smartphone, such as the already known “X-File Manager” is infected and downloaded 10,000 times before it was removed from the Play Store. However, if you look at the group of infected applications, you will notice some important anomalies: for example in Italy Banking apps like RelaxBanking Mobile, ING Italia, BancoPosta, CheBanca! and Intesa Sanpaolo Mobile Among those recreated by the villains of the case to shoot innocent victims.

It is one in every way targeted malware campaigngiven that the special Sharkbot distribution wave of this period took place primarily in the UK and then in Italy in order of danger.

Advice remains as always: lend be very careful with the apps you download Through the Google Play Store and third-party stores, unpleasant surprises can be hidden in them.

We’re still talking about the green robot, Android just turned 15 this month.

Source: Every Eye

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