Do you ever think twice about the apps you download onto your Android phone? The average person has over 80 apps on their smartphone, many of which they rarely open – but it could be time to check yours for malicious programs.
Experts have warned this week of nine rogue Android apps which are a danger to your phone and could even allow your Facebook account to be hacked. Google has already removed them from the Google Play store but they can still be downloaded from third-party app stores – or might already be lurking on your phone.
It’s all because of FlyTrap, an Android virus, which has infected over 10,000 victims since at least March this year. Trojans are a type of malware that pretend to be an ordinary program but have nasty code hiding inside them, much like the mythical horse.
Cybersecurity researchers Zimperium’s zLabs revealed yesterday that FlyTrap has already reached 140 countries. It works by hiding inside normal-seeming apps that victims download onto their Android device.
Once installed, FlyTrap hijacks any Facebook accounts on the phone. It can collect personal information including Facebook ID, location, email address, IP address and any cookies associated with the account.
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Even worse, your Facebook account could be used to spread the virus further – sending out messages to your friends or family asking them to download the apps, or even posting fake news to your profile.
The harmful apps offer fun services like coupon codes for Netflix and Google Ads as well as voting for football teams and players. Zimperium named the ones to avoid:
- GG Voucher (com.luxcarad.cardid)
- Vote European Football (com.gardenguides.plantingfree)
- GG Coupon Ads (com.free_coupon.gg_free_coupon)
- GG Voucher Ads (com.m_application.app_moi_6)
- GG Voucher (com.free.voucher)
- Chatfuel (com.ynsuper.chatfuel)
- Net Coupon (com.free_coupon.net_coupon)
- Net Coupon (com.movie.net_coupon)
- EURO 2021 Official (com.euro2021)
When users log into the apps, all seems well until they enter their Facebook login details to cast a vote or unlock coupon codes. The app will not show real codes, but instead say they are expired. This is when the malicious code will take over your account.
Zimperium said in a blog post that the trojan attack is sophisticated and difficult to spot: “Just like any user manipulation, the high-quality graphics and official-looking login screens are common tactics to have users take action that could reveal sensitive information.”
It also warned these apps are not the only ones to look out for, saying your phone is a “treasure trove” for attackers: “FlyTrap is just one example of the ongoing, active threats against mobile devices aimed at stealing credentials… It would not take much for a malicious party to take FlyTrap or any other Trojan and modify it to target even more critical information.”
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