A new Android malware has been discovered by a team of security researchers that affects the categories of social, communication and dating apps. The malware is named BlackRock and is a banking trojan derived from the code of existing Xerx malware (viruses). However, despite being a banking trojan, it is being said to affect non-financial applications. It pretends to be Google updates at first, and once users get permission, this app hides its icon from the drawer and starts working in the background.
According to the analyst team of ThreatFabric, a Netherlands-based threat intelligence firm, BlackRock was first spotted in the Android world in May. It is able to steal information from users as well as credit card information. While the capabilities of the BlackRock malware are similar to the average Android banking trojan, it still affects a total of 337 apps, which is much higher than the current known Trojan.
Researchers have also discovered that this malware has the ability to evade antivirus such as Avast, AVG, BitDefender, Eset, Trend Micro, Kaspersky or McAfee. According to ThreatFabric, the BlackRock malware uses an accessibility service included in Android to put a duplicate layer on top of the original app that matches it, and in this way it retrieves information entered by users. It is specially designed to get the information of the user’s credit card.
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