Security researchers have discovered a malware that has the ability to steal passwords from 226 Android apps.
Researchers from ThreatFabric have named the virus Alien, which is not an entirely new malware, but a more advanced version of a previous malware called Cerberus.If the virus infects an Android smartphone, it can carry out a number of dangerous measures, including fake logins, collecting passwords, and granting hackers access to the device.
During their analysis, the researchers identified 226 apps targeted on Android phones, including Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, as well as several banking apps. Unfortunately it remains unclear how the malware can infect smartphones.
However, ESET cybersecurity specialist Jake Moore urged Android users to be careful about the applications they install on their smartphones, adding, “It is possible that this malware is very dangerous and can cause significant and far-reaching effects on users and their devices.”
Moore stressed the need to stay away from unknown and unofficial application stores when it comes to downloading new applications, as very often cybercriminals exploit these applications to hijack users’ phones and steal their personal information and data, according to the British newspaper Mirror.
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