This Android app steals your banking information

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Google tries to verify Android apps that can be downloaded from the Play Store so you don’t get malware on your smartphones and tablets. However, scammers are always finding new ways to bypass the protection mechanism. This is also the case with the QR code app, which has already registered thousands of downloads and can steal bank details, among other things.

The Android app can steal your banking information and more

Again and again, cases are piling up in which it becomes known that the Android apps that should never have ended up in the Google Play Store contain malware and infect smartphones and tablets. This is exactly what happened with a QR code scanner has been downloaded over 10,000 times. The problem is that the attackers were extremely smart. The Android app itself was harmless. The application only became dangerous with the subsequent installation (source: Cleafy).

The banking Trojan “Teabot” was previously used for SMS phishing. It is now also used in Android apps. In this case, it was additionally installed via the app, after already breaching the security mechanisms of the Google Play Store with the harmless QR code scanner app. The app is affected called “QR code and barcode scanner”, which Google has since removed. If you are not sure, uninstall your QR code scanner app with this or a similar name and just install another app from play store which should probably be safe.

How to protect yourself against malware:

Antivirus programs do not recognize the danger

If you have an antivirus program installed on your smartphone or tablet, you should not feel safe. Because if you have access to install and access to the app, so can you The anti-virus program can no longer do anything. That’s why you have to take a close look at each app, how it behaves and what permissions it releases. Once the trojan is on it, it can access all personal data and access applications. So if you’re going to install additional stuff via an app that doesn’t come from the Google Play Store, you should always be careful.

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