- The AceKard malware is an online banking and payment Trojan. It first emerged in January – February 2014, though concerns have been raised over its current activity.
- Attack originally targeted Russia though Europe, Australia and the IS are now under attack.
- Infection is through cleverly disguised apps such as a fake Adobe Flash player or pornography app.
- These fake apps have now been discovered under official listings on Google Play.
- It has the ability to intercept data within these apps, bank related text messages and also overlay apps with phishing advert.
Protection against phone malware
- Modern phones no longer make just phone calls and send texts; they are computers. Therefore, precautions must be taken to prevent viruses infecting them.
- All smart phones are vulnerable, though Android can be particularly susceptible to viruses.
- These are a number of virus scanners available for phones and it it highly recommended to use one. This will greatly reduce the chance of infections.
- Third-party app stores tend to host a wealth of viruses. It is always best to download apps from the official Google Play store and Apple’s App Store.
- Modifying an Android or Apple phone to allow administrative access is not recommended. Doing so could provide malicious apps with the same privileges if infection did occur.
- Update the phone as often as possible. This will patch any flaws or vulnerabilities within the system. reducing the risk of backdoors and malware infection.
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Thanks to the Gloucestershire Police for alerting us to this information.
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