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Stay Safe: DogeRAT malware is spreading via fake Netflix, YouTube and other platforms

Indian researchers have found DogeRAT, a dangerous malware campaign that targets users in various industries. This sophisticated malware disguises itself as legitimate apps, steals data, and allows remote access.

Soumya Prakash Pradhan
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Stay Safe: DogeRAT malware spreading via fake Netflix, YouTube, and more

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Indian researchers have found a dangerous malware called DogeRAT that targets users in different industries and on various devices.

This malware is being spread through social media apps, pretending to be popular Android applications like YouTube, Netflix, Instagram, and Opera Mini.

The hackers behind this campaign want to steal important information, like banking details, and control victims' devices for harmful purposes.

The DogeRAT Malware 

According to a report by CloudSEK, their TRIAD team uncovered a Android malware called DogeRAT while investigating an SMS stealer scam.

The malware targets individuals in industries such as BFSI, e-commerce, and entertainment, with a particular focus on users in India while also aiming for a global reach.

DogeRAT masquerades as popular apps like Netflix and YouTube and spreads through social media and messaging platforms like Telegram.

Once installed, it can steal sensitive data like contacts, messages, and banking credentials.

Additionally, it grants hackers remote control of the infected device, enabling them to engage in malicious activities like spamming, unauthorised payments, file manipulation, and even capturing photos using the device's cameras.

Distribution and Premium Version

As per the report from CloudSEK, DogeRAT is predominantly disseminated through social media links shared via direct messages or spam comments.

Protective Measures against Malware Threats

To protect your devices and personal information from malware attacks, follow these steps:

  1. Be cautious with links and attachments: Avoid opening unknown links and attachments that could contain malware or lead to malicious websites.
  2. Keep software updated: Regularly update your operating systems and applications to install security patches that defend against malware.
  3. Invest in reliable security solutions: Purchase trustworthy security software that provides real-time protection against malware and other threats.
  4. Stay skeptical of suspicious messages and offers: Don't click on links or open attachments in messages that seem suspicious, urgent, or too good to be true.
  5. Educate yourself about malware: Learn about common attack techniques to better understand and defend against cyber threats.

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