Security researchers from FireEye have uncovered a new piece of Android malware that can mimic the look and feel of popular apps like Uber, WhatsApp and Facebook.
The Android malware is spread via text message which says â€œWe could not deliver your order. Please check your shipping information here hxxp://bit[.]ly/1ZfcNeVâ€.Â
Once users click on the link, the malware is installed. It then silently waits in the background for users to open the official app and then overlays a fake interface over the top. Victims are then tricked into revealing their banking information.Â
In total the malware is designed to mimic 8 separate apps, including WhatsApp, Uber, Facebook, Viber, Google Play and more.
These text messages have reportedly hit Denmark first, where it tricked over 130,000 victims into clicking on the link. FireEye said the malware is now making its way through Europe, with a handful of other countries thought to have been affected; including the United Kingdom, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, and Turkey.
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