Banking malware found on Android Marketplace

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

An application for smartphones running the Google Android operating system has been reported to steal users’ banking information.

According to a blog post from the First Tech Credit Union, an app developer called 09Droid created applications which posed as a shell for mobile banking applications, and in the process phished personal information about the users’s bank accounts. The information would, presumably, have been usen for the purposes of identity theft.

SophosLabs has not yet seen a sample of the malware, which has now been removed from the Android Marketplace, and First Tech Credit Union is at pains to point out to its customers that it does not currently have an app for the Android phone.

A number of other financial institutions have also published warnings regarding the Android applications. For instance…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.