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20 Jun 2017

'I Want To Expose Google's Mistakes

Google's proud of its track record in protecting more than one billion Android phones and tablets from malevolent hackers. But in the last 12 months, it's been dealt a few blows, including the biggest ad fraud to ever hit its mobile operating system and the most significant single theft of Google accounts thanks to an Android malware called Gooligan.
Those alarming events were set off via networks of cybercriminals focused on the platform, where coders combine their technical skills with the will and financial backing of organized gangs. Sometimes, the latter group don't even have to pay for the former's digital tools. Sometimes, the technically-savvy types open their minds for free.

That's just what a character calling himself Maza-In did just before last Christmas, when he or she posted an in-depth guide on the Exploit.in hacker forum for creating Android "bankers" -- malware designed to steal bank login details from users of Google's platform. The post not only included directions, but source code for a banker too. There was also a description of the required backend infrastructure, all of which combined could deliver realistic-looking bank pages designed to trick victims into handing over their usernames and passwords.

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