Warning! These Android Apps Can Access Your Phone and Bank Account

By | March 14, 2021
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Warning! These Android Apps Can Access Your Phone and Bank Account

Check Point Research has discovered eight Android apps that were available from the Google Play Store that allows attackers to access your phone and your bank account remotely.

According to Check Point Research…

“Check Point Research has discovered eight applications that were available from the Google Play Store that pose a threat to your privacy.

The research suggests that ‘Clast82’ a malware dropper was used to infect banking apps. The malware dropper hides inside and is activated after you install an infected app. Once you install an infected app, the malware dropper decompresses installs malware called ‘AlienBot Banker’, which injects malicious code into financial applications.

The AlienBot malware family is a Malware-as-a-Service (MaaS) for Android devices that allows a remote attacker, at a first step, to inject malicious code into legitimate financial applications. The attacker obtains access to victims’ accounts, and eventually completely controls their device. Upon taking control of a device, the attacker has the ability to control certain functions just as if he was holding the device physically, like installing a new application on the device, or even control it with TeamViewer…”  Read more here

Here are the eight apps named by Check Point Research that have the potential to access your bank accounts and even allow hackers to control your Android device.

If you have an Android smartphone (or tablet) and you find any of the following apps installed, uninstall them immediately.

Cake VPN
Pacific VPN
eVPN
BeatPlayer
QR/Barcode Scanner MAX
Music Player
tooltipnatorlibrary
QRecorder

 

4 thoughts on “Warning! These Android Apps Can Access Your Phone and Bank Account

  1. Norman Ogier

    Thanks for the heads up, there are plenty of very low types of people around and it is good to receive sound advice.
    Keep up the good work

    Aussie Norm

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  2. Colleen M McAllister

    Thanks for the info. I use my Android phone for most of my banking so really appreciate your warnings.

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  3. Nancy Moe

    What is your top recommendation for a bar code scanner app?

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    1. infoave Post author

      You don’t need a separate app to scan QR code with an Android smartphone. You can just use your camera. If your phone doesn’t automatically read QR codes with the camera you may need to change a setting or two. See this page (the Android section) on scanning QR codes without using any apps.

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