Android Trojan Steals Millions from Unsuspecting Victims

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More than 10 million Android devices have been infected with the GriftHorse Trojan, which subscribes victims to a premium service without their knowledge.

Specialists from Zimperium zLabs discovered a new malicious campaign, during which more than 10 million Android devices were infected with the GriftHorse Trojan. Cybercriminals distribute a Trojan under the guise of harmless Android applications, in fact, subscribing unsuspecting victims to premium services costing € 36 per month.

The malware campaign started in November 2020 and is currently still active. It has targeted users around the world, including Australia, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, India, Spain, Canada, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United States.

The campaign uses at least 200 trojanized mobile apps, making it one of the largest fraudulent transactions uncovered this year. Malicious apps fall into a variety of categories ranging from Tools and Entertainment to Personalization, Lifestyle and Dating, allowing attackers to scale up their attacks. For example, one such application, Handy Translator Pro, has about 500,000 downloads.

According to a report by Zimperium specialists, usually,

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