Our latest banking malware analysis

In recent weeks there have been several samples detected of 'Faketoken', a banking Trojan for Android first detected in 2014. These samples would be using infected devices to send spam or phishing SMS messages for propagation. Due to this message sending activity, often to foreign numbers, users infected with Faketoken trojan suffer from an increase in their telephone bills.
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According to Forrester, ransomware attacks grew 500% in 2019 compared to 2018. However, in addition to the increase in these types of attack, the presence of malware to undermine cryptocurrencies (29% more) and attacks on IoT devices (10% more) grew also. Such attacks are becoming more and more profitable and, above all, more simple technically than attacks using banking malware.
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Trend Micro researchers Ecular Xu and Joseph C Chen recently discovered three malicious applications in Google Play. They are not the first malicious Google Play apps to be found. In the past, others have been detected that were designed primarily to steal data, whether banking data or a victim’s other personal data.
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Although it is true that malware attacks have been changing in recent years, a large part of them is still used to steal victims' banking credentials.
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BasBanke, also known as Coybot, is a banking malware for Android designed to steal banking credentials from Brazilian entities. It started its malicious activity at the time of the Brazilian elections of October 2018 and has recently reappeared.
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A new banking Trojan for Android devices has been discovered recently that is specially designed to steal banking credentials for Spanish entities. It belongs to the 'GINP' family, which was discovered in June 2019, although in its first versions it did not include any functionality for the theft of banking credentials.
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We know that today there is malware related to all kinds of malicious activities. This includes banking malware, which is designed to rob banking credentials. This type of malware can be found in almost all platforms and operating systems, whether desktop or mobile.
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At the beginning of September there were new samples of the Android 'Cerberus' banking Trojan detected. This banking malware has been gaining popularity little by little since its launch in June 2019.
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On August 29, 2019, a new variety of banking Trojans affecting Latin American banks, especially Peruvian entities, reached our malware analysis systems.
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Nine years have passed since the first banking malware for Android mobile devices was discovered. It was 2010, and just a year and a half had passed since the launch of HTC Dream, the first smartphone with Android as its operating system.
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