Soumya Prakash Pradhan

In today's digital age, a variety of malware poses serious threats, with hackers exploiting them to steal sensitive data from devices, such as passwords and personal information.

Recently, the cybersecurity firm G DATA uncovered a new malware strain masquerading as ‘Chrome’, aimed at pilfering banking details, according to a report.

This malware, dubbed ‘Mamont’, cleverly impersonates the mobile version of the popular web browser Chrome.

How Does Malware Operate?

It is often spread through spam and phishing messages. Once installed, the app automatically launches and requests various permissions from users, such as making and managing phone calls, and sending and receiving messages.

If unsuspecting users grant these permissions, they are then presented with a message claiming they have won a cash prize, enticing them to input their phone number and credit card details to claim it.

After doing so, another prompt appears, urging users not to delete the app for 24 hours.

Since ‘Mamont’ can access SMS messages, it scans inboxes for banking-related messages.

These confidential messages are then forwarded to a Telegram channel controlled by cybercriminals, who exploit sensitive information like 2FA codes to commit bank fraud and siphon money from accounts, as reported by Indian Express.

The malware cunningly sports the same icon as Chrome, making it challenging for users to differentiate between the two.

However, it is installed as ‘Google Chrome’ instead of just ‘Chrome’, with a distinctive black border surrounding the icon.


How to be Safe?

To shield yourself from such Android viruses, it is crucial to refrain from downloading apps from untrustworthy sources and stick to official ones, like the Google Play Store.

This simple precaution can significantly enhance your device's security.

Also Read | World's first beauty pageant contest for AI creators; participate & win cash prize worth Rs 10L