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Two New Viruses Stealing Data, Quick Heal Reports

The security researchers recommended Android users to avoid downloading apps

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Two new sophisticated Android Banking trojan viruses are exploiting mobile users’ behaviour in India to gain access to their confidential data, global IT security firm Quick Heal warned on Tuesday.

Security experts at Quick Heal Security Labs have detected “Android.Marcher.C” and “Android.Asacub.T” — the two trojans that imitate notifications from popular social applications such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Skype, Instagram and Twitter as well as some of the leading banking apps in India.

By gaining access to incoming messages through administrative privileges, these malware also allow hackers to bypass the two-factor OTP authentication typically used for securing online transactions in India, the researchers warned.

“Indian users often download unverified apps from third-party app stores and links sent through SMS and email. This gives hackers a lucrative opportunity to steal confidential information from unsuspecting users,” said Sanjay Katkar, Co-founder and CTO, Quick Heal Technologies Limited.

“The fact that we’ve detected three similar malware in less than six months indicates that hackers are now targeting mobile users, who are far more vulnerable to sophisticated phishing attacks,” he added.

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While “Android.Marcher.C” uses the Adobe Flash Player icon to look like a genuine app, “Android.Asacub.T” mimics an Android Update icon.

Whenever users access an app on the database of these malware, they are tricked into entering sensitive information such as banking credentials, card details, and login IDs/passwords before they can continue using the app.

This is not the first time that Quick Heal Security Labs has detected such a malware.

The researchers previously raised an alert in January this year about a similar Android Banking Trojan.

Known as “Android.banker.A2f8a”, the malware was distributed through a fake Flash Player on third-party app stores and mimicked more than 232 banking and cryptocurrency apps.

The security researchers have recommended Android users to avoid downloading apps through third-party app stores or through links provided in SMS and email.

“Always keep ‘Unknown Sources’ disabled, and verify app permissions before installing any app from official stores,” the security firm said.

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Users must also keep their Google Play Protect service always ‘ON’ and install a reliable mobile security app to detect and block fake/malicious apps, it added.(IANS)

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Instagram to Fix Bug Altering Follower Count of Users

Instagram claims to have a user-base of one billion global active users and it is not clear how many users actually did get affected by the problem

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A bug on Instagram that has been altering follower counts of users would be taken care of latest by Friday, Instagram announced in a tweet on Thursday.

“We’re expecting to have this issue resolved by 9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) tomorrow. We understand this is frustrating, and our team is hard at work to get things back to normal,” the Facebook-owned photo-messaging app tweeted.

Instagram confirmed the bug on Wednesday and informed via Twitter that the company was working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.

The bug seemed to have been affecting Indian users as well.

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Instagram to fix bug altering follower counts by Friday. Pixabay

Several Indian public figures, influencers and pages took to Instagram and Twitter to complain about the glitch.

The drastic drop in followers caused some users to wonder if Instagram was culling inactive and fake accounts, as part of its fight against spam, TechCrunch reported.

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Instagram claims to have a user-base of one billion global active users and it is not clear how many users actually did get affected by the problem.

The Instagram bug was reported just hours after Twitter got infected with a similar bug that caused constant fluctuations on the number of ‘Likes’ and ‘Retweets’ on the platform – making users wonder if accounts were being suspended in mass or if Twitter was deleting them. (IANS)