Drinik banking malware return: What you can do to keep your data safe | Techy Kings


Drinik malware is back. First reported in September 2016, the banking malware is now capable of recording screens, logging keys, abusing Accessibility services and performing stack actions. Malware has evolved from SMS thieves back then to Android banking trojans. Analysts at Cyble say that the upgraded Drinik malware put the data of 18 bank customers at risk.

According to analysts, the Drinik banking trojan malware comes in the form of an APK named iAssist. For those who don’t know, iAssist is the official tax management tool of Indian Tax department. Once installed on the device, the APK file asks for permission to read, receive and send SMS in addition to reading the user’s call logs. It also asks for permission to read and write to external storage. The APK will initially take the user to a genuine Indian income tax site and display a fake dialog box to steal the user’s account details. The malware continues to trap victims by luring them to pay immediate tax refunds and eventually leading them to phishing sites.

While malware and the techniques used by threat actors continue to evolve, there are some precautions that can be taken to avoid falling victim to it. Here we bring some tips that will help you keep your banking data safe:

– Download and install software only from official app stores like Play Store or iOS App Store.

– Never share your Card Details, CVV number, Card PIN and Net Banking Credentials with untrusted sources.

– Enable biometric security features such as fingerprint or facial recognition to unlock mobile devices to prevent unauthorized access gained using malicious activities such as key logging and screen recording.

– Using well-known antivirus and internet security software packages is recommended on connected devices, including PCs, laptops and mobiles.

– Use strong passwords and enforce multi-factor authentication where possible.

– Be careful opening any links received via SMS or email sent to your phone.

– Make sure Google Play Protect is enabled on the Android device.

– Be careful when enabling any permissions.

– Keep your device, operating system and apps up to date.

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