Fake Google Update scam could steal your data from 337 popular Android apps including Tinder and Netflix
A NEW Android malware scam could steal your data from over 337 popular apps including Tinder, Gmail and Netflix.
The BlackRock trojan scam targets all kinds of apps including those for banking, dating, and social media.
The threat emerged earlier this year and has been discovered by security firm ThreatFabric.
Logins are a big target for the scam but it could also prompt you to unknowingly give away payment information.
ThreatFabric reported that the scam works by using "overlays", which are fake windows that open on top of real legitmate apps.
If you have the malware on your device, hackers could make a convincingly looking overlay pop up when you click on a trusted app.
Overlays can look just like a normal login screen and you could unknowingly enter your information into this fake login area.
The majority of these scams are said to focus on banking apps and social media.
The malware seems to be coming from fake Google Updates from third party sites.
Once installed it will ask for permission to access your phone's Accessibility feature.
The hackers can then use this to gain admin access.
To protect yourself you should always be wary of any updates that are suggested to you, especially if they don't seem to be coming from an official source.
A full list of the targeted apps can be found in the ThreatFabric report.
The Scam Google Updates
Watch out for fake Google Updates with these package names…
These are just some examples but you should be wary of all updates from third parties sites, only update via official routes.
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