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In April 2017 we started observing new rooting malware being distributed through the Google Play Store. Unlike other rooting malware, this Trojan not only installs its modules into the system, it also injects malicious code into the system runtime libraries. Kaspersky Lab products detect it as Trojan.AndroidOS.Dvmap.a.

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First, not every online store uses 3D Secure protection, which means that not every transaction requires a confirmation SMS message with a code. Even the CVC code (three digits on the back of the card) is no guarantee against misuse — not all transactions require one. Also, hackers can intercept the SMS messages banks send and use the verification codes to gain full access to an account.

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This research started when we discovered an infected Pokémon GO guide in Google Play. It was there for several weeks and was downloaded more than 500,000 times. We detected the malware as Trojan.AndroidOS.Ztorg.ad. After some searching, I found some other similar infected apps that were being distributed from the Google Play Store.

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Google is adding an important extra layer of security in its all-new Android operating system. Android 8.0, to be unveiled at the company’s I/O conference next month, will be better at fending off ransomware – the #1 malware threat targeting Android users.

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