Hackers Are Tricking Android Users Into Installing Malware

Android has developed a reputation for being less safe than iOS, and this is largely due to the prevalence of malware. It turns out that hackers have been using Android’s own WebAPK to trick users into getting malware onto their devices with all things having been considered and taken into account. This comes from a report published by the Computer Security Incident Response Team for the Polish Financial Supervision Authority, and it reveals just how commonplace such attacks have become.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that WebAPKs for Android are a core component of so called progressive apps. They provide a halfway point between apps made for phones and those that can be used on a desktop of laptop through a browser. Such apps are becoming increasingly prevalent, but in spite of the fact that this is the case, they are also contributing to a rise in malware.

The main issue here is that web apps don’t face the same restrictions as apps that can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. Hence, malicious actors can make it so that packages can be delivered to the devices, and they will easily bypass any and all security protocols that have been put in place.

In Poland, malicious actors were able to impersonate a bank named PKO Bank Polski, sending users official looking text messages that claimed that they needed to update their information. These users usually receive a link in the text message, but clicking on this link will lead to their sensitive information falling into the wrong hands.

The best way to protect yourself from such outcomes is to never click a link that you receive in a text message. Even if the message seems to come from an official source, there is a chance that a hacker might be behind it. Web apps come with their fair share of pros and cons, and the security risks associated with them are hard to deny. Banking trojans can lead to significant financial losses if common sense steps are not taken.

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