WhatsApp and YouTube users need to pay attention to this new dangerous malware! Meta has warned about Android malware that can get all personal information as well as take pictures.
Android phone users are again in great danger from rogue apps! This time, a red alert was issued by Meta for Android phone and tablet owners about a spooky new thing malware hiding in the common people application As WhatsApp and YouTube. Meta revealed in the recent Quarterly Adversary Threat Report 2022 that new Dracarys malware is being introduced into cloned versions of these popular apps. Not only WhatsApp and YouTube, but even other instant messaging apps like Signal, Telegram and custom chat apps have become targets of online criminals.
The latest report reveals that the Dracarys malware, named after the Game of Thrones battle cry for dragons, was released by the Bitter APT hacking group. This hacking group has carried out attacks in several countries including UK, New Zealand, India and Pakistan. Meta said in the report, “We discovered that Bitter is using a new family of custom Android malware that we’ve named Dracarys. Notably, it uses accessibility services, a feature functionality in the Android operating system to assist users with disabilities, to automatically click-through, and to grant certain apps permissions without the user having to do it.”
How dangerous is this Android malware?
The Dracarys malware is said to be dangerous for a reason! The variety of malware helps hackers steal users’ personal information. The malware is capable of stealing call logs, contact information, files, SMS messages, geo-location as well as device details. It is not the end! This malware is even capable of secretly taking pictures and activating the microphone of the Android device and installing apps without the user’s knowledge.
The most dangerous part is that the malware can even pass security checks and avoid any detection through the anti-virus system. The meta report states, “While the malware’s functionality is fairly standard, the malware and its supporting infrastructure are still undetected by current public anti-virus systems. yes. It shows that Bitter has managed to reimplement common malicious functionality in a way that the security community hasn’t discovered for some time. “
All you can do to save yourself from this malware attack is to avoid downloading unofficial or fake apps for services like WhatsApp, YouTube, Telegram, Signal or other apps. such from third-party APK sites. Experts advise Android users to make sure they download official apps from the Google Play Store.