Symantec is warning businesses and consumers about a new computer Trojan program that can install mobile banking malware on Android devices connected to infected PCs. This is an unusual method, as in the past, mobile attackers infected devices using social engineering and fake applications hosted on third-party app stores.
USB debugging is used to perform some operations, such as rooting the OS, installing custom Android firmware, or taking screen shots on devices running older Android versions.
The Trojan program also intercepts SMS messages received on the user’s device and sends them to a remote service. This is usually done if the message contains transaction authorization sent by banks. Ultimately, the attacker’s goal is to perform financial fraud.
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