Another reason you need to be careful about which apps you're downloading

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Another reason you need to be careful about which apps you're downloading

If you own an Android phone, you need to pay attention to which apps you're downloading. Here's why.

ESET's research lab has detected a malicious Android app capable of spying on users' communications.

The app is titled "iBanking" and the bot has been identified as "Android/Spy.Agent.AF", according to a statement by ESET.

Upon installation of the app the bot gains control of phone-specific functions, allowing it to capture incoming and outgoing SMS messages, redirect any incoming voice calls and capture audio via the device's microphone.

Page posing as Facebook security

The Slovakia-headquartered security firm discovered the application while monitoring banking Trojan "Win32/Qadars", which was found to be utilising a new JavaScript webinject for Facebook.

The webinject attempts to lure the user into installing the Android application via a message that appears upon logging in to Facebook. The message requests a mobile phone number and operating system under the guise of securing the account.

ESET reports this is the first instance the company has encountered that sees a mobile application targeting Facebook users for account fraud.

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