Fake Gmail Android app spies and steals personal information
Another malicious Android Trojan has been spotted hiding in a fake Gmail app to spy and steal from those tricked into downloading it.
Discovered by the security firm NQ Mobile, the fake app hides "DDSpy," a piece of malware that, unbeknownst to the phone user, sneaks onto the device and receives commands from a remote server. Those commands, sent via text, include siphoning the victim's call log, text messages and voicemails, data that is sent to the server in an email.
"Because DDSpy is installed into the Android device without your knowledge, you won't see any signs that you've been bugged," NQ Mobile explained. "However, every call you make and every SMS message you send will be recorded in the database to be uploaded in the configured email." DDSpy also "reserves a GPS-uploading interface for future development," a feature NQ Mobile believes will enable the weapon to "evolve into more malicious spyware."
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