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Malicious droppers on Google Play deliver banking malware to victims

November 8, 2022

Android users are often advised to get mobile apps from Google Play, the company’s official app marketplace, to minimize the possibility of downloading malware. After all, Google analyzes apps before allowing them on the market. Unfortunately, time after time, we read about malware peddlers finding ways around that vetting process.

“Distribution through droppers on official stores remains one of the most efficient ways for threat actors to reach a wide and unsuspecting audience. Although other distribution methods are also used depending on cybercriminals targets, resources, and motivation, droppers remain one of the best option on price-efforts-quality ratio, competing with SMiShing,” Threat Fabric researchers recently pointed out, after sharing their discovery of several apps on Google Play functioning as droppers for the Sharkbot and Vultur banking trojans.

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