Samsung, Huawei and other Android phone users are being urged to delete apps as the ‘bug’ drains bank accounts

Smartphone users have been warned against downloading apps that could contain invasive malware – which has the potential to drain your bank account, with thousands already at risk of attack.

SharkBot, which can steal login and banking information, has returned to the Google Play Store after cybercriminals infiltrated intensive security measures – with apps only being infected with the flaw after they’ve been downloaded and installed.

The virus, which first appeared in March this year, has found its way into two applications that Android users must delete immediately for their own safety.

Both the Mister Phone Cleaner app and the Kylhavy Mobile Security app were reportedly found to be infected with the malware, according to software expert Fox-IT, who made the discovery first.

Google has since banned these apps, but anyone who still has the software on their phone or tablet should act quickly to avoid becoming a victim of cybercrime.

Once installed unknowingly, SharkBot can siphon money from mobile bank accounts while creating fake logins for online services, allowing hackers to steal sensitive information like usernames and passwords.

Speaking of the attack, Fox-IT’s Alberto Segura said, “This new version urges the victim to install the malware as a fake antivirus update to stay protected from threats.

“We found two active SharkbotDopper apps in the Google Play Store, with 10,000 and 50,000 installs respectively. On August 22, 2022, Fox-IT’s Threat Intelligence team found a new Sharkbot sample with version 2.25; previously mentioned control server.

“This Sharkbot version introduced a new feature to steal session cookies from victims logging into their bank accounts.”

If you think you’ve downloaded these apps, delete them and check any permissions you may have given.

It’s also worth checking your bank account for strange transactions – no matter how small or large.

How to delete apps on Android:

  • Open the Google Play Store app.
  • Tap the profile icon in the top right.
  • Tap Manage apps and devices. Administer.
  • Tap the name of the app you want to delete.
  • Tap Uninstall.

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Fry Electronics Team

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