Should I Change My Uber Password? Android Malware Stealing Uber Credentials

The malware users a fake Uber overlay to steal user credentials.                Image Getty

Called Android.banker.A2f8a, the trojan - a program disguised as legitimate software - is created to steal login credentials, hijack text messages, upload contact lists and text messages on a malicious server, display an overlay screen (to capture details) on top of legitimate apps and execute other such malicious activities, Quick Heal wrote in a blog post.

The Android banking trojan, dubbed Android.banker.A2f8a, was first observed and its activities tracked by alert researchers at security firm Quick Heal.

Nevertheless, the trojan serves as a reminder it's best to download mobile software from official app stores, which have far less malware than third-party app stores.

Among the 232 banking apps are a few Indian banks as well such as Axis Mobile, HDFC Bank MobileBanking, SBI Anywhere Personal, iMobile by ICICI Bank, IDBI GO Mobile+, to name a few.

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Mane said that Flash's popularity makes it a common target for hackers. Once users download the malicious application, they get several prompts to activate administrative rights.

'Mobile malware such as the Android Trojan can mimic legitimate banking apps as well as notifications.

After the completion of app installation, the icon will not appear to the users even though he/she taps on it.

Since the malware is able to intercept incoming and outgoing SMS from an infected smartphone, it can bypass the OTP based two-factor authentication on the user's bank account and can misuse the access. However, this malware attacking the Uber Android app is a good reminder for the users to stay away from downloading apps from untrusted sources. It will check installed apps on the victim's device, particularly 232 banking apps. As soon it finds one of the targeted apps, it starts sending fake notifications which resemble the ones from the targetted apps. Once the user falls for it and enters his or her login credentials, the malware will make the details prone to the attackers. Essentially, the Fakeapp variant has a spoofed Uber application user interface, which pops up on the user's device screen in regular intervals until the user gets tricked into entering their Uber ID (typically the registered phone number) and password. The malware tries to pass itself as the original Uber app but it is not available in the Google Play Store. They are similar as if it is the real banking app.

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