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Researchers malware steals Gmail password, online banking data

Antone Gonsalves | Aug. 25, 2014
University researchers develop a mobile app that exploits a design flaw in Android to steal a credit card number, log in credentials, social security number and bank-check image from other apps.

The other apps tested were from WebMD and

The Infection rate of Android devices is estimated to be as high as 4 percent and as low as 0.0009 of a percent, depending on the study. On iOS devices the rate is even lower, because Apple vets all apps, which are only available through the App Store.

The most likely scenario for getting malware on an Android device is through a third-party app store, which are common in Eastern Europe and Asia. In the U.S., most Android apps are downloaded from the more secure Google Play store.

A video demonstration of the researchers' malware is available online.


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