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RedDrop malware spying on users! Steals data and records audios

About: Be aware of the RedDrop malware. This malware program is a vicious PUP which can steals your local files, photos, device information and even the nearby Wi-Fi networks. Here are some important details about this malware program and how you can remain...  Read More  

| News | RedDrop malware spying on users! Steals data and records audios

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.
RedDrop malware infects mobile devices

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–

  1. Keeping the Operating System Updated- In order to remain protected and avoid such infections, it is recommended to keep your Operating System updated by enabling the automatic update on your system. The systems with outdated or older versions of Operating System become an easy target for the attackers.
  2. Resist clicking on spam emails – One of the major techniques used for malware distribution is forwarding spam emails to the user. The system gets infected as soon as the user clicks on the attachment. These mails appear to be genuine, so be aware and resist falling for these tricks.
  3. Keep an eye on third party installations- It is quite important that you take due care while installing any third party applications for they are major source of such infections. Such malware programs come bundled with the free applications thereby requiring the user to remain cautious.
  4. Regular periodical backup- In order to keep your data and files safe, it is recommended to take regular back up of all your data and files either on an external drive or cloud.
  5. Use Anti-Virus Protection- We strongly recommend the use of antivirus protection/internet security in your PC like Bull Guard and Sophos so that it remains safe.
  6. Enable the Ad Blocker/Popup Blocker in your browser- Enabling the popup blocker/ ad blocker in your chosen browser will help you to stay protected from annoying adware.

There are many ways in which the cybercriminals distribute such application software. Such strategies include –

  1. Software Bundling: Software bundling is the process in which a malicious program is distributed with other free software, to get an unnoticed entry into your computer system. When a user installs a free application, the malicious programs gains a front door entry with the free application, the user has downloaded. Thus, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the installation screens while installing these free applications.
  2. Infected Storage Devices: Your system can also get infected by using removable media such as USB hard drives and jump drives without scanning them with an anti-virus.
  3. Spam Emails – Spamming is the most economic and common method used for the distribution of such malware. The targeted users get genuine looking emails which contain .doc, .txt, and other similar attachments. These attachments can be named as anything which can grab the user’s attention and triggers him/her to open the attachment. As soon as the user opens this attachment, the malware infects the user’s computer system.
  4. Malicious Websites or Malovalent Advertisments: The malicious websites are the ones which are created just for promoting the malware infections. Such websites include but are not limited to porn sites, torrent sites and other free downloading platforms. By visiting such websites, the adware infects the user’s computer without permission. Fake advertisements and updates like Flash player and windows updates which ask the user to update to the latest version are a few examples. When the users click on such links, their computer system gets infected. That is why, it is highly recommended to resist clicking on such links. Also avoid clicking on advertisements offering free stuff such as Win an iPhones, cars or free overseas trips etc.

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