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Android Users, These 12 Apps Will Steal Your Banking Details If You Don’t Delete Them

The Google Play Store has found 12 malicious Android apps that steal people’s bank account information. According to a study by ThreatFabric, these applications were downloaded a total of 300,000 times. The research security company made the announcement in a blog post where experts said that such applications only disclose malware content after downloading it from a third-party Google Play store.

According to the research company, malicious applications were mostly related to scanning applications such as QR codes and document scanners. These included a QR scanner, a QR scanner 2021, a free PDF document scanner, a PDF document scanner, two-factor authentication, Security Guard, QR CreatorScanner, Master Scanner Live, CryptoTracker, and a gym and training trainer.

The researchers said the applications are part of four families of malware – Anatsa, Alien, Hydra and Ermac. This malware is designed to steal users’ Internet banking passwords and two-factor authentication codes. The malware even captures the text you type and takes screenshots of the infected smartphones, the study says.

According to the study, the Anatsa malware family was downloaded more than 100,000 times. It should be noted that such applications have positive reviews in the Google Play Store, which would make them more legitimate.

Google has restrictions on blocking the distribution of such malicious applications, but these applications make it difficult for Google to detect them because they have a very small malicious footprint that is not detected by Google Play Store techniques.

Last month, at least 14 Android applications infected with Joker’s malware were found on the Google Play store. These applications were found by a cybersecurity analyst at Kaspersky. Some applications infected with Joker’s malware are quite popular with over 50,000 installations, while there are other little-known applications.

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