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Every Android user must follow this advice to keep device safe from terrifying threat

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Security experts have discovered a new piece of malware which watches every single move an Android user makes. Dubbed Vultur, the malware was first spotted a few months ago in March 2021. And the malware’s name is fitting, as Vultur is a predatory piece of software that targets unsuspecting Android users.

Vultur is a piece of banking malware that differs from its peers.

While other banking trojans use screen overlays to steal critical financial information, Vultur takes a more complex approach.

According to ThreatFabric, the Android malware uses keylogging and screen recording to watch a victim’s every move.

Besides targeting financial apps, Vultur can also spy on popular apps like WhatsApp, TikTok and Facebook.

Bad actors have managed to spread the malware using droppers found on an app that was located on the Google Play Store.

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If you’re concerned about Vultur, then there are some steps you can take right away to protect yourself from the malware.

ThreatFabric has outlined three ways Android users can stay safe from the malware.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, a spokesperson for the Netherlands-based cybersecurity firm said: “Vultur uses droppers posing as some additional tools (like 2FA authenticators) located in official Google Play Store as a main distribution way, therefore, it is hard for customers (end users) to distinguish malicious applications. Once installed, Vultur will hide its icon and request Accessibility Service privileges to perform its malicious activity. Being provided with these privileges, Vultur also activates self-defensing mechanism which makes it hard to uninstall it: if victim tries to uninstall trojan or disable Accessibility Service privileges, Vultur will close Android Settings menu to prevent it. Regarding this, ThreatFabric recommends infected users to.

“Boot the phone into safe mode (preventing the malware from running) to be able to uninstall the app.

“Another option, for tech-savvy users, is to use ADB (Android Debug Bridge) to connect to the device via USB and run the command {code}adb uninstall <malware_package_name>{code}.

“Or perform a factory reset.”

Jake Moore, a cybersecurity expert and spokesperson for ESET, also offered Android users advice on how to stay safe from dangerous banking trojans.

Easy-to-follow advice such as doing a few careful checks on what apps you are downloading can save you a lot of time, stress and – potentially – money.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, Moore advised: “Trojan apps are increasingly worrying and more difficult to spot but it is vital that anyone downloading an app on their device stays within the authentic app stores and carries out some due diligence where necessary. Reviews and high download numbers help but if in doubt, it is safer to avoid. Users can also prevent the Vultur malware from stealing their data by denying access when notified by Accessibility Services as well as by using a good antivirus app which periodically scans for issues”.



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