'Android malware 'BlackRock' may steal banking data'

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The country’s cyber security agency has issued an alert against an Android malware, dubbed ‘BlackRock’, that has the potential to “steal” banking and other confidential data of a user.

It can extract credentials and credit card information from over 300 apps such as email, e-commerce apps, social media apps, besides banking and financial apps, the CERT-In said in an advisory.

The “attack campaign” of this ‘Trojan’ category virus is active globally, said the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In), the national technology arm to combat cyberattacks and guard Indian cyber space.

“It is reported that a new Android malware strain dubbed ‘BlackRock’ equipped with datastealing capabilities is attacking a wide range of Android applications. “The malware is developed using the source code of Xerxes banking malware which itself is a variant of LokiBot Android Trojan,” the advisory said.