Scams designed to intercept customer support calls and use fake Android apps to steal banking data are back and more effective than ever.
A malware known as FakeCalls, first discovered almost a year ago, is making a comeback, prompting researchers at cybersecurity firm Check Point to
(opens in new tab) It indicates the adoption of further evasion techniques.
According to the report, the Trojan can “masquerade as one of over 20 financial applications” and mimic phone calls in a scam known as voice phishing.
voice phishing malware
Malware appears to target South Korea specifically.
report (opens in new tab) We lost about $600 million in 2020 to voice phishing attacks alone.
Cybersecurity researchers not only found more than 2,500 samples of malware, but the “proprietary” evasion techniques it used were “unprecedented” [been] This suggests that more advanced malware variants may emerge and remain dormant for longer periods of time.
The attack is fairly simple. Once her FakeCalls was illegally installed on the victim’s Android device, the malware masked her operator’s phone number with a real bank number, before the victim was asked to verify payment details. Trust is earned. Then you are exposed to all kinds of risks.include
another report by
Kaspersky (opens in new tab) reveals the types of attacks that will attract the most attention in 2022. FakeCalls was his second most common mobile banking Trojan last year, accounting for his 8.27% of all installs, but trailing Bray in first place with his 66.40%. increase.
The same report highlights China as the country with the highest rate of mobile malware attacks, while South Korea is not in the top 10.