A well-known mobile security company Wandera discovered a family of mobile malware which can extract sensitive data from unsuspecting victim’s mobile devices and trick users by suspiciously incurring premium charges on Mobile phone bills.
A RedDrop mobile malware is a notorious infection which records audio and tricks the user to pay premium charges to avail a particular service. It is one of the most sophisticated Android malware which has been distributed on a large scale.
According to the findings of Wandera, the Reddrop malware is an infection that is generally hidden in a set of third-party apps which are downloaded outside official Android channels. These applications provide additional facilities to the user which includes image editors, calculators or games. This malware has harmful capabilities which are used by developers to blackmail the victims.
The RedDrop malware can collect the user data which includes photos, local files, device information and even the nearby Wi-Fi networks. According to a study conducted by Wandera, the RedDrop malware was found in around 53 Android apps which are distributed from over 4,000 domains. These apps are not distributed by Google play store but from third-party apps which are presented to the victim by way of advertisements. When it comes to distributing malicious apps, Google has stated that it is removing thousands of malicious applications per day.
Wandera has provided an example called as “CuteActress” in which the user rubs the screen to reveal the image of an improperly dressed female. When the user touches the screen, they forward SMS message to a premium service, which results in charges on the mobile bill.
For best malware protection, it is highly advisable for the users to disallow installations from third party sources, double check the app’s permission before installing it and avoid routing their mobile device. Also, make sure to follow the best practices for mobile security to ensure that you stay free from such malware attacks.
In addition to this, it is important for the user to flow the below mentioned tips for early prevention–
There are many ways in which the cybercriminals distribute such application software. Such strategies include –
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