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This Android Trojan pretends to be Flash security update but downloads additional malware

Malware tricks users into opening Android Accessibility menu, enabling the attacker to mimic the user’s clicks and select anything displayed on their screen.

 

By Danny Palmer |

 

Detected by researchers at security company ESET,  the Trojan malware targets all versions of Google’s mobile operating system and aims to trick victims into granting it special permissions which it uses to download additional malware.

 

Distributed via social media and compromised websites – usually of the adult variety – Android/TrojanDownloader.Agent.JI uses a legitimate looking update screen which claims the user needs to download an Adobe Flash patch in order ensure their device is safe from cyberattacks.

 

If the victim falls for it, a new screen pops up, claiming the device is consuming too much energy and the user must activity a new Saving Battery mode.

 

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