Loozfon Android malware targets Japanese female users

Summary:Security researchers from Symantec have detected a new Android trojan currently circulating in the wild, attempting to socially engineer Japanese female users into downloading and executing the application on their mobile device.

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Security researchers from Symantec have detected a new Android trojan currently circulating in the wild, attempting to socially engineer Japanese female users into downloading and executing the application on their mobile device.

What's particularly interesting about this Android malware, is that it also has a built-in spreading capability, namely, it sends spam stating that the sender can introduce the recipient to wealthy men. When users click on any of the links found in the emails, they're prompted to download a copy of the malware.

The application called “Will you win?” in Japanese, steals contact details, as well as the phone number of the malware. Why would a malware author want to collect the phone numbers of already infected devices? Pretty simple. The malware author is busy building a database of mobile phone numbers to be later on offered as a service to prospective SMS spammers.

Find out more about Dancho Danchev at his LinkedIn profile.

Topics: Security

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Dancho Danchev is an independent security consultant and cyber threats analyst, with extensive experience in open source intelligence gathering, and cybercrime incident response. He's been an active security blogger since 2007, and maintains a popular security blog sharing real-time threats intelligence data with the rest of the community... Full Bio

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