Malware: The "Alien" program capable of stealing passwords on nearly 226 apps on the PlayStore

Once again the Android system see the birth and development within it a new malware intended to attack users. It's named after Alien.

According to computer security experts, it would be able to steal passwords on nearly 226 popular Android apps. Apps all available on the PlayStore. Army of more famous Facebook, Snapchat, WhatsApp Twitter, Amazon, Instagram and even Coinbase. Several banking applications are even affected by the malware.

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Alien was discovered by ThreatFabric's computer security specialists. Note an Alien and a Trojan horse. Simply limited to Android, it has been specially designed to steal the identifiers of the targeted people. Experts claim that its code was based on that of Cerberus, another dangerous malware that is known to the industry for stealing financial data.

In addition, Alien would also be able to steal certain personal information such as the contents of your SMS. And not just that. The program it just can allow you to send SMS messages without your knowledge, collect your contacts, check your location and even install other malicious applications without forgetting the possibility of recovering the authentication code received by SMS or email. This makes it easy for hackers to access your accounts when they decide. As for its spread, the program was allegedly leaked via a phishing site. That's why ThreatFabric warns: "A lot of it seems to be distributed through phishing sites, such as a malicious page that encourages victims to download fake software updates or Fake Corona applications," explains Gaétan van Diemen, a computer security researcher at the firm.

And unfortunately several hundred applications, are targeted by this malware. Among them, many banking applications. The availability of alien-targeted applications on Google's PlayStore and a real problem. Some French banks such as Boursorama ING Savings Bank or mutual credit are among Alien's targets. It is then assumed that the preferred target of hackers who designed this malware would in some way be banking applications to strip their victims. However, the collection of passwords and other identifiers may have some value in the Darkweb market. For example, bank identifiers are worth around $100 in bitcoin.

ThreatFabric gives us a list of applications targeted by Alien:

  • Cornerbase
  • Blockchain Wallet. Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash,
  • Ethereum
  • BBVA Spain
  • Bankinter Móvil
  • Santander
  • UnicajaMovil
  • Bankia
  • EVO Banco Mevil
  • Kutxabank
  • rural
  • Akbank
  • Guaranteed BBVA Mobile
  • QNB Finansbank Mobile Banking
  • Connect for Hotmail – Outlook: Mail and
  • Calendar
  • CEPTETEB
  • Yap-Kredi Mobile
  • Enpara.com Cep 'ubesi'
  • Halkbank Mobil
  • Kuveyt Turk
  • Ziraat Mobile
  • İşCep – Mobile Banking
  • Vak-fBank Mobil Bankacilok
  • Ibercaja
  • ABN AMRO Mobiel Bankieren
  • IKO
  • mBank PL
  • Interbank APP
  • Rakuten Bank
  • freedomplus
  • Banca MPS
  • Gmail
  • mail.com mail
  • BNL
  • ING Italia
  • Yahoo Mail
  • norisbank App
  • La Mia Banca
  • HVB Mobile Banking
  • Commerzbank Banking – The app at your side
  • VR Banking Classic
  • Postbank Finanzassistent
  • TARGOBANK Mobile Banking
  • comdirect mobile App
  • DKB-Banking
  • Sparkasse Ihre mobile Subsidiary
  • Consorsbank
  • CA24 Mobile
  • Boursorama
  • The Savings Bank
  • Credit Mutuel
  • ING Direct
  • My Accounts – LCL
  • People's Bank
  • agricultural credit
  • The Societe Generale App
  • NAB Mobile Banking
  • CIBC Mobile Banking®
  • Halifax: the banking app that gives you extra
  • St.George Mobile Banking
  • mywireless
  • Chase Mobile
  • Fifth Third Mobile Banking
  • iMobile by ICICI Bank
  • Mobile Banking UniCredit
  • Scrigno App
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Bank of America Mobile Banking
  • Capital One® Mobile
  • SunTrust Mobile App
  • USAA Mobile
  • U.S. Bank – Inspired by customers
  • Wells Fargo Mobile
  • BMO Mobile Banking
  • UBI Banca
  • RBC Mobile
  • Intesa Sanpaolo Mobile
  • ING Mobil
  • Odeabank
  • Postepay
  • 'EKER MOB', 'UBE'
  • CommBank
  • Google Play
  • Banca Digital Liberbank
  • ING Spain. Banca Móvil
  • Cajasur
  • Banca Mavi Laboral Kutxa
  • Mi Banco db
  • Banco Sabadell App. Your mobile bank
  • BBVA Net Cash | ES – PT
  • Santander Empresas
  • Paypal
  • Santander Mobile
  • Banco Caixa Geral Spain
  • Pekao24Makler
  • PekaoBiznes24
  • Facebook
  • imaginBank – Your mobile bank
  • WhatsApp
  • Snapchat
  • Twitter
  • Telegram
  • Instagram
  • Viber Messenger – Messages, Group Chats – Calls
  • CaixaBank
  • PeoPay
  • eBay
  • Amazon
  • Getin Mobile
  • BCP Banking App
  • Citi Handlowy
  • ABANCA- Banca Móvil
  • NETELLER – fast, secure and global money transfers
  • Simplii Financial
  • TD Canada
  • ČSOB Smartbanking
  • Bitcoin Wallet – Airbitz
  • ePayments: wallet – bank card
  • N26 — The Mobile Bank
  • ING Australia Banking
  • Payoneer – Global Payments Platform for Businesses
  • CIMB Clicks Malaysia
  • plusbank24
  • Skrill – Fast, secure online payments
  • Mycelium Bitcoin Wallet
  • Santander UK
  • OTP SmartBank
  • K MORE
  • KMA
  • SCB EASY
  • Netflix
  • Bendigo Bank
  • My Citibank
  • hongleongconnect
  • Bank of Melbourne Mobile Banking
  • Volksbank hausbanking
  • My BNP Paribas Accounts
  • Credit North for Mobile
  • BusinessPro Lite
  • BPI APP
  • NB smart app
  • Santander Particulares
  • BOQ Mobile
  • The Post Office – Postal Services
  • Cic
  • Fortuneo, my bank accounts – online stock exchange
  • ASB Mobile Banking
  • iBiznes24 mobile
  • Corp App
  • ScotiaMevil
  • credemmobile
  • Carige Mobile
  • Mobilni Banka
  • netbk Japan
  • CUA Mobile Banking
  • raiffeisenbank
  • Bank Austria MobileBanking
  • Barclays
  • BOCHK
  • HSBC Mobile Banking
  • ANZ Australia
  • Bankia Wallet
  • Bank Australia app
  • Beyond Bank Australia
  • Greater
  • Sabadell Wallet
  • Santander Wallet
  • The Postal Bank
  • cajamar
  • bcpbankingapp
  • ANZ Shield
  • Fibabanka Corporate Mobile
  • Mobile myAlpha
  • mbanking
  • eurobankefg
  • Popular
  • Krungthai NEXT
  • BBVA Wallet Spain. Mobile Payment
  • BBVA México (Bancomer Màvil)
  • Santander Argentina
  • Mercado Libre: compra fecil y ràpido
  • Santander Money Plan
  • Dhanlaxmi Bank Mobile Banking
  • centralbank
  • mahabank
  • Kotak – 811 Mobile Banking
  • sbanywherecorporate
  • HDFC Bank MobileBanking
  • SambaMobile
  • Scotiabank Colpatria
  • Bancolombia App Personas
  • Westpac Mobile Banking
  • suncorpbank
  • THE P-N BANKING APP
  • ING Bankieren
  • Enpara.com Cep 'ubesi'
  • Google Play Games
  • TBC Bank
  • ActivoBank
  • TSB Bank Mobile Banking
  • Royal Bank of Scotland Mobile Banking
  • NatWest Mobile Banking
  • U.S. Barclays
  • Skype
  • Bitcoin Wallet by SpectroCoin
  • Emirates NBD
  • Alawwal Mobile
  • Citi Mobile®
  • TD Bank (US)
  • Union Bank Mobile Banking
  • ING Business
  • SpardaSecureApp
  • Bankwest
  • HSBCnet Mobile
  • permanent tsb
  • Bank of Melbourne Business App
  • BankSA Business App
  • St.George Business App
  • Westpac Corporate Mobile
  • National Bank of Canada
  • Servus Mobile Banking
  • Luno: Buy Bitcoin, Ethereum and Cryptocurrency

For now, US giant Google has not yet deployed a security patch to protect applications in its malware store. However, users are advised to avoid applications from unofficial websites. To pay close attention to the link coming from unknown correspondence, is that visiting all the suspicious websites.

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