Trojan malware Alien steals credentials from Android apps: ThreatFabric

Cyber security researchers ThreatFabric have found a new Trojan malware named Alien that can steal credentials from 226 Android apps in several countries including in India.
Google Android dominanceAlien targeted other apps as well like Gmail, Facebook, Telegram, Twitter, Snapchat and WhatsApp.

Most targets are banking apps, but Alien can also show phishing pages for social, instant messaging, and cryptocurrency apps, ZDNet reported.

The Alien malware is a rented banking Trojan which offers more than the average capabilities of Android banking Trojans.

ThreatFabric said it has common capabilities such as overlay attacks, control and steal SMS messages and harvest the contact list.

The malware can leverage its keylogger for any use and, therefore, broaden the attack scope further than its target list. It also offers the possibility to install, start and remove applications from the infected device.

It offers a notifications sniffer, allowing it to get the content of all notifications on the infected device, and a RAT (Remote Access Trojan) feature (by abusing the TeamViewer application), meaning that the threat actors can perform the fraud from the victim’s device.

According to cyber security researchers, Alien is not a new piece of code but based on the source code of a rival malware named Cerberus which was an active malware-as-a-service (MaaS) last year.

“We notice an interest from actors in recording and stealing more information surrounding the victim. How that information will be used or monetized can vary, it is just a matter of time before actors find out about the value of such information,” the researchers noted in a blog post.

The last quarter of 2020 will probably come with some additional changes to the threat landscape, especially since the source code of the Cerberus Trojan has been made publicly available.

In the coming months, we can definitively expect some new malware families, based on Cerberus, to emerge, the researchers added.

ThreatFabric recommends that all financial institutions should understand their current and future threat exposure and consequently implement the relevant detection and control mechanisms.