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New Data Stealing Malware Backs Up Your Data … to a C&C Server

7/01/2015 by Sharon Shahzad


Security experts have discovered new data-stealing malware disguised as a legitimate-looking back-up application on Google Play.

The Save Me app claims to be able to save a user’s contacts and – coming soon – other data including photos and videos, in the event that a mobile device is lost or stolen, according to mobile security vendor Lookout.

However, it actually contains a variant of information-stealing malware ‘SocialPath’, the firm’s senior security product manager, Jeremy Linden explained in a blog post.

It’s primarily distributed through spam via Twitter, WhatsApp and other social platforms with socially engineered messages designed to encourage users into clicking on a disguised download link.

One campaign apparently used the lure: “I found your private photos here [link] click to see.”

If a user makes the mistake of clicking through, the service will request information from the device – including name, email, phone number and even a photo of the user – before connecting to a C&C server and exfiltrating this and other data from the device, Linden explained.

This includes contacts, text messages, call logs and device information.

Although a logo appears on the phone launcher during the registration process, it vanishes once this is complete – thus enabling the malware to lie hidden on a device.

“Oddly, it also has the ability to call any number designated by the C&C and automatically hang up the call according to a timer,” Linden added.

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