Roaming Mantis, part IV

One year has passed since we published the first blogpost about the Roaming Mantis campaign, and this February we detected new activity by the group. Here we follow up on our earlier reporting about the group with updates on their tools and tactics. Read Full Article

Beware of stalkerware

Spyware might sound like a concept from a Hollywood movie, yet commercial versions of such programs – known in the cybersecurity industry as ‘stalkerware’ – are a daily reality for many people. For the price of just a few dollars, consumer spyware programs allow users to spy on their current or former partners, and even strangers Read Full Article

Roaming Mantis, part III

In Q2 2018, Kaspersky Lab published two blogposts about Roaming Mantis sharing details of this new cybercriminal campaign. During our research, it became clear that Roaming Mantis has been rather active and has evolved quickly. The group’s malware now supports 27 languages, including multiple countries from Asia and beyond, Europe and the Middle East. Read Full Article

Leaking ads

We found that because of third-party SDKs many popular apps are exposing user data to the internet, with advertising SDKs usually to blame. They collect user data so they can show relevant ads, but often fail to protect that data when sending it to their servers. Read Full Article

Roaming Mantis uses DNS hijacking to infect Android smartphones

In March 2018, Japanese media reported the hijacking of DNS settings on routers located in Japan, redirecting users to malicious IP addresses. The redirection led to the installation of Trojanized applications named facebook.apk and chrome.apk that contained Android Trojan-Banker. During our research we received some invaluable information about the true scale of this attack, we decided to call it ‘Roaming Mantis’. Read Full Article

Jack of all trades

Among this array of threats we found a rather interesting sample – Trojan.AndroidOS.Loapi. This Trojan boasts a complicated modular architecture that means it can conduct a variety of malicious activities: mine cryptocurrencies, annoy users with constant ads, launch DDoS attacks from the affected device and much more. Read Full Article

Still Stealing

Two years ago we published a blogpost about a popular malware that was being distributed from the Google Play Store. In October and November 2017 we found 85 new malicious apps on Google Play that are stealing credentials for VK.com Read Full Article