A sophisticated strain of mobile malware targeting Android devices can extract sensitive data and audio recordings, run up premium SMS charges and then tries to extort money from victims.
According to security firm Wandera the malware, dubbed RedDrop, is being distributed inside 53 Android applications promoted on third-party app stores. Apps range from image editors, calculators, language learning tools and adult themed apps. According to Wandera, the criminals had targeted victims working at several“Big Four” consultancy firms.
“RedDrop is one of the most sophisticated pieces of Android malware that we have seen in broad distribution,” said Wandera in an overview of its research published Wednesday.