Mobile phones, 08.06.2023, 08:00 AM
A team of researchers from CloudSEK has discovered a new malware for Android called DogeRAT (Remote Access Trojan), which is disguised as legitimate popular applications such as YouTube Premium, Netflix and Opera Mini, spreads via social networks and messengers.
Once installed, the malware can steal sensitive information from an infected device, such as contacts, messages, and electronic banking credentials. In addition, the malware can take full control of the device, allowing attackers to send messages, make unauthorized payments, change files, view recorded calls, and even take photos using both the front and rear cameras of the infected device.
The malware creator advertises DogeRAT on two Telegram channels. It offers a premium version of the malware that has additional features such as screenshots, stealing pictures from the gallery, keylogger function, stealing data in the clipboard and has a new file manager, and also better connections with the infected device.
To protect yourself from this kind of malware, be careful with the links and attachments you open. If you receive a link or attachment from someone you don’t know, don’t open it.
Update your software regularly, as updates often include security patches that can help protect your device from malware.
Fraudsters often use tried-and-tested tactics, so it’s not impossible to spot a scam. They often try to create an impression of urgency, counting on the fear or greed of potential victims. If you are unsure about a message or offer, it is best to exercise caution and not open links and attachments in such messages.
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