Banking Trojans for Android

The world of malware for mobile devices, and more specifically for Android devices, isn't very different from the world of malware on Windows and other desktop systems. In fact, we can see that practically the same type of malware exists on both mobile and desktop devices.

However, it is true that some of the types of malware for Windows can't function in the same way as they do on a computer, which makes their transition to the mobile world more complex and/or somewhat disadvantageous for their developers, and in some cases impossible due to technical differences between the platforms.

Just like we did in our report on desktop banking malware, in this report we'll also focus on banking malware, although we'll be introducing other types of threats that we can find in the mobile world.

If we're interested in learning about banking threats, we need to focus on Android, which is the mobile operating system in which the largest number of threats are detected, especially banking-related threats. The number of detected iOS malicious applications is much lower than the number detected on Android, and there are no publicly known cases of banking malware on iOS.



Banking Trojans for Android

Throughout this report, we've addressed the different types of threats that we can encounter on mobile platforms today, specifically on Android, since this is the platform where we find the most threats, especially banking threats.

In the case of iOS, it's much less common to find malware, and in terms of banking malware there is no public information in which the detection of this type of malware has been reported.


Posted by David Morán

David has more than 15 years’ experience in cybersecurity, systems and development, starting out in an extinct hacking team known as Badchecksum. He collaborated on Defcon 19 with the Painsec security team. He is versed in scalable environments thanks to his work at the Tuenti social network with a traffic load of over 12Gbps. He has been involved with buguroo almost since the outset and has taken part in all the tools developed by the company, including source code analysers, malware analysis, cyber intelligence, etc. He also has in-depth knowledge of the Linux kernel, having developed LKMs that acted as rootkits as well as malware for Windows environments. He is currently the head of buguroo’s development team, managing task distribution and negotiating with the Head of Technology.


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