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Malware Steals Data From Facebook, Whatsapp, Skype and Others

SpyDealer Malware Steals data from over 40 apps on Android


Malware called 'SpyDealer' is targeting Android devices and has been discovered exfiltrating data from over 40 apps including Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype and others. Palo Alto researchers noted the malware is only completely effective against devices running the older Android versions 2.2 and 4.4

Once the malware has compromised a device, it can harvest an exhaustive list of personal information, including phone number, IMEI, IMSI, SMS, MMS, contacts, accounts, phone call history, location, and connected Wi-Fi information. It can also answer incoming phone calls from a specific number, can record phone calls and the surrounding audio and video, can take photos with the device’s cameras, monitor location, and take screenshots. Google has announced that they have already taken precautions against the infestation through Google Play Protect which is a service that runs in the background and scans apps.

The cause of how the Malware spreads is not yet know but it is suggested that it is spread via third party app stores disguised as ‘Google Update’ software. Action Fraud suggests some of the following in spotting the signs of Malware: 

  • You’re being offered or told to download something from a website that you haven’t visited before and doesn’t look legitimate, or from a stranger who’s sent you an email.
  • Your internet connection or the computer’s general performance suddenly becomes very slow, you can’t access files or programs, or you’re unable to log in at all.
  • There are signs other people have accessed password-protected accounts, or your bank statements shows things you’ve bought or withdrawals you can’t remember making.

If you think you have Malware on your device you can report it to Action Fraud online or call 0300 123 2040. Tell your bank if you think your details have been found by someone else.

Take a look at our mobile Phone Safety article to find some simple tips to help keep yourself safe- Mobile Phone Safety