The malware attacks are not something that you see on a regular basis on smartphones. This is because of the operating system on which it works. The Android OS was a non-breachable system software until recently. After all of the ransomware attacks on the Windows OS in desktop, malware developers and hackers are now targeting Android smartphones.
The new trojan horse malware, EventBot is infecting people’s smartphones in the Android OS. It is currently stealing user information, and bank details by bypassing 2-step authentication. EventBot is basically exploiting Android’s access feature to get inside the mainframe. The malware can read all your SMS messages, steal them, and bypass any 2-step authentication. The official report is available online at Cybereason Nocturnus.
How does EventBot exploit your Android device
Almost 60% of Android smartphones in the world have access to your personal and business data, bank information, official documents, and many other things. Of course, the device does not send it to anyone without your permission. But here’s the catch. The physical device does not understand your commands in the human language. It rather uses a binary system (o’s and 1’s) to understand your commands. This is where EventBot comes into play.
Threat Alert: The @Cybereason @Nocturnus team is investigating a new type of Android #mobilemalware called EventBot, a mobile banking trojan and infostealer, that has targeted users of over 200 different financial applications. Read the full report: https://t.co/XPZhndoiFw
— Cybereason (@cybereason) April 30, 2020
The trojan malware infects your phone’s internal subsystems and grants your phone access to send the personal information on an external server supervised by the attacker/hacker. What is even scarier is that the app is trying to mask itself as a legit android application in the Google Play Store. So, plz do not download any suspicious applications into your phone which is not trusted by Google Play.
Try using licensed antivirus software to get rid of it. Let us know what steps you think are necessary to take in order to be safe in the comments below!
Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.