Report, Android smartphone users should be alert, your credit card information is in danger.

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A new Android malware that affects a range of social, communication and dating apps has been discovered by a team of security researchers. The malware is named BlackRock and is a banking Trojan, derived from the code of the existing Xerox malware (virus). However, despite being a banking Trojan, it is said to affect non-financial applications. It pretends to be a Google update at first and after receiving user’s permission, it hides its icon from the app drawer and starts its work in the background.

of the analyst team at Netherlands-based threat intelligence firm ThreatFabric According, BlackRock was first spotted in the Android world in May. It is capable of stealing users’ information as well as credit card information.

While the BlackRock malware has similar capabilities to the average Android banking trojan, it still affects a total of 337 apps, which is significantly more than any currently known trojan.

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This malware is designed to carry out tasks like overlay attacks, spam, SMS theft and locking the victim in the launcher. It also works as a keylogger, which helps hackers obtain users’ financial information. Not only this, researchers have also discovered that this malware has the ability to escape from antiviruses like Avast, AVG, BitDefender, Eset, Trend Micro, Kaspersky or McAfee.

According to ThreatFabric, the BlackRock malware uses Android‘s built-in accessibility services to overlay a fake layer on top of the original app, allowing it to capture information entered by users. It is specifically designed to capture user’s credit card information.

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