ANDROID users have been put on alert about a terrifying new piece of malware found on the Google Play Store that can break through advanced security.
Android fans are being warned about new malware discovered on the Google Play Store which can bypass advanced security measures.
Android is one of the most used pieces of software in the world, with more than two billion devices running the Google mobile OS each and every month.
But Android users are no strangers to security alerts, with some recent widespread threats being circulated via apps found on the Goole Play Store.
Six Android apps that were downloaded a staggering 90million times from the Google Play Store were found to have been loaded with the PreAMo malware.
While another recent threat saw 50 malware-filled apps on the Google Play Store infect over 30million Android devices.
And now Android fans are being warned about a terrifying piece of malware that can bypass the advanced 2FA security protection.
Two-factor authentication (2FA) gives an extra layer of security, with users having to enter their password and a unique, one-time code.
The latter is sent via an SMS message or email, but this newly discovered malware can obtain this unique password – even without SMS or email permissions.
Cybercriminals are exploiting flaws in SS7, a protocol used by telecom companies to coordinate how they route texts and calls around the world, to empty bank accounts by intercepting messages sent for two-factor-authentication(2FA).
The exploit can allow threat actors to track phones across the planet and intercept text messages and phone calls without hacking the phone itself.
While known that intelligence agencies and surveillance contractors could carry out these kind of attacks, Motherboard reported confirmation of financially-motivated criminal organizations using the technique to empty accounts at the U.K.’s Metro Bank in a recent attack.
“At Metro Bank we take our customers’ security extremely seriously and have a comprehensive range of safeguards in place to help protect them against fraud,” a Metro Bank spokesperson told Motherboard in an email. “We have supported telecommunication companies and law enforcement authorities with an industry-wide investigation and understand that steps have been taken to resolve the issue.”
Customers at other banks have also been victims of these attacks and the spokesperson went on to say that those affected at their bank represent only a small percentage of those affected.
The attacks highlight the issued of the SS7 network not authenticating who sends requests so SS7 will treat the commands of whoever gains access to the network all the same regardless of the validity.