'Xafecopy' mobile malware detected in 40pct of India; looting victims through WAP billing – ETTelecom.com
New Delhi: Experts at Kaspersky Lab experts uncovered a mobile malware ‘Xafecopy Trojan’ targeting the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) billing payment method, stealing money through victims’ mobile accounts without their knowledge, disguised as useful apps like BatteryMaster.
“WAP billing can be particularly vulnerable to so-called ‘clickjacking’ as it has a one-click feature that requires no user authorization. Our research suggests WAP billing attacks are on the rise. Xafecopy’s attacks targeted countries where this payment method is popular. The malware has also been detected with different modifications, such as the ability to text messages from a mobile device to Premium-rate phone numbers, and to delete incoming text messages to hide alerts from mobile network operators about stolen money,” said Roman Unuchek, Senior Malware Analyst, Kaspersky Lab.
Xafecopy hit more than 4,800 users in 47 countries in a span of one month, with 37.5 percent of the attacks detected and blocked by Kaspersky Lab products targeting India, followed by Russia, Turkey and Mexico.
“Android users need to be extremely cautious in how they download apps. It is best not to trust third-party apps, and whatever apps users do download should be scanned locally with the Verify Apps utility. But beyond that, Android users should be running a mobile security suite on their devices,” said Altaf Halde, Managing Director- South Asia, Kaspersky Lab.
Persuading users from falling prey to the infectious malware, it is important for Android users to note that the apps they are downloading have been created by a reputable developer, and use only reputable online stores.
Further, users must keep their OS and application software up-to-date, and refrain from downloading anything that looks suspicious or whose source cannot be verified.