A new Trojan seeking credit cards is targeting Android users, researchers said.
Right now, the malware is targeting Russian users, but it won’t take long before it starts to infiltrate other users from other countries, said researchers at antivirus provider Dr. Web.
The Trojan hides as an Adobe Flash Player and after the user installs it, the malware immediately tries to gain administrator privileges on the device. It does so by persistently asking users to allow it, and doesn’t stop popping up the message until they do.
Once that task is successful the malware searches to find an active Google Play application window.
“If one is present, the malware displays a standard credit card information form used to associate a credit card with an account,” the researchers said in a blog post. “All the submitted information, such as the card number, expiration date and CVC code, and the address and phone number of the cardholder, is transmitted to the attackers’ server.”
The malware is also capable of collecting information about the infected device and send it to the same server.
The Trojan can also intercept incoming SMS messages as well as to send messages to certain numbers.
Since Android is a big target for bad guys, users need to remember to be careful when downloading apps on their device, especially if they are downloading them from third-party app markets.