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Be aware! Hiddad Malware present on Google Play Store.

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 August 27, 2018

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Quick Heal Security Lab has spotted a couple of applications on play store which hide themselves after installation and display full screen ads after specific time interval. This trend is used by most of the developers these days to earn profit by displaying ads. Even if users want to uninstall...

Android malware that combines a Banking Trojan, Keylogger, and Ransomware in one package

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 August 17, 2018

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This malware has all basic functionalities of the Android banker along with additional features like call forwarding, sound recording, keylogging and ransomware activities. It has the ability to launch user’s browser with URL received from the C&C server. It repeatedly opens the accessibility setting page until the user switches ON the ‘AccessibilityService’. The...

Beware of the ‘Free Cycle Distribution Yojana’ WhatsApp message. It’s fake!

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 July 30, 2018

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As India’s Independence Day (15th of August) approaches, messages about free distribution schemes are doing the rounds on WhatsApp. Just recently, Quick Heal Security Labs detected a widespread circulation of one such message claiming that the Indian government will distribute free cycles to students on Independence Day, under the Free...

MazarBOT: New Android Malware Steals SMSs and Wipes Phones

 March 2, 2016
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A new Android malware, known as MazarBOT, has been discovered in-the-wild and this dangerous sample has the capability to hijack an unsuspecting user’s smartphone. The malware gets into a victim’s phone with an SMS as follows: You have received a multimedia message from +[xx] [xxxxxxxxxx]. Follow the link hxxp://www.mmsforyou[.]Net/mms.apk to...

Security Vulnerabilities for Android and iOS Hit An All-time High in 2015

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 December 4, 2015

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Quick Heal hopes it has been a good year for you. But, has it been a good year for your mobile devices as well? It has been an alarming year for both Android and iOS users. If Android users were vulnerable to Stagefright attacks, iOS users had their own share...

How Android Malware Evolved Over Q2 2015

 July 15, 2015

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The recently released Quick Heal Quarterly Threat Report for Q2 2015 had some interesting trends and insights into the IT security industry. The report highlights in-depth statistics and analysis of all malware samples that were detected in the months of April, May and June 2015. The platforms that were studied...

The State of Android Malware in 2014

 February 4, 2015

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In the year 2014, Android usage and malware saw an exponential rise vis-à-vis preceding years. Quick Heal Labs detected close to 3 million malware samples throughout the year and several new attack vectors and techniques were propagated by malware authors throughout the globe. Some malicious apps were even spotted in...

Malware Alert! Android Virus Steals Personal Data including Passwords

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 December 10, 2014

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Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In) has issued an advisory, warning users against a new Android virus that is out on the streets. Named as Android/SmsSend, this virus affects Android smartphones and steals personal information including sensitive data such as passwords. Scroll further to read more about this mobile...

Simplocker – Android Ransomware Alert!

 June 11, 2014

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Last year, we came across a malware named Android Defender. This malware, once inside the victim’s phone, locks the device and demands a ransom to unblock it. This malware is classified as a screen-blocker type ransomware. But now, it seems like hackers have stepped up their game. A new Android...