Wednesday, April 24, 2024

GPlayed – New Malware Posed as Google Play App to Spy & Steal Data From Your Entire Android Phone

Newly discovered android based GPlayed Malware posed as Google Play app with sophisticated futures to spy android phone and steal sensitive information.

GPlayed malware contains various built-in capabilities and it is very similar to the Google play store App that label as “Google Play Marketplace”.

One of the extremely powerful capability is to adapt after the deployment in victims mobile that helps an attacker to load plugins, inject scripts remotely.

The researcher believes that the malware is in the testing stage but still it has very sophisticated futures plus the mobile users need to aware of it and able to identify the real and fake apps.

This Malware contains following different capabilities and ability to perform the various operation in order to spy and steal data.

Also, researchers said this malware can able to move from desktop environment to the mobile environment and an ability to bypass the traditional security future.

GPlayed Malware Infection Process

Malware author wrote this GPlayed Malware in .NET using the Xamarin environment and the root class called “eClient,” is the core of the trojan which is derived from the main DLL  “Reznov.DLL” .

This Android package named as “verReznov.Company.” , in order to provide full control of the device, this trojan declares numerous permissions in the manifest.

According to Cisco Talos, This is a full-fledged trojan with capabilities ranging from those of a banking trojan to a full spying trojan. This means that the malware can do anything from harvest the user’s banking credentials, to monitoring the device’s location.

Once it successfully installed on the target Android mobile it will start several timers to execute different tasks.

The first timer takes 20 sec time interval to ping the command and control (C2) server and it will get a response as “OK” or any other command from the attacker.

“The second timer will run every five seconds and it will try to enable the WiFi if it’s disabled. The third timer will fire every 10 seconds and will attempt to register the device into the C2 and register wake-up locks on the system to control the device’s status.”

A final and third timer will attempt to register the device every 10 seconds into the C2 register and control the device status.

During this stage, GPlayed Malware will exfiltrate the device information such as phone’s model, IMEI, phone number and country.

There are 27 response codes that the C2 can use to make requests to the trojan, which pretty much match what’s listed in the capabilities section.
  • Error
  • Registration
  • Ok
  • Empty
  • SendSMS
  • RequestGoogleCC
  • Wipe
  • OpenBrowser
  • SendUSSD
  • RequestSMSList
  • RequestAppList
  • RequestLocation
  • ShowNotification
  • SetLockPassword
  • LockNow
  • MuteSound
  • LoadScript
  • LoadPlugin
  • ServerChange
  • StartApp
  • CallPhone
  • SetPingTimer
  • SMSBroadcast
  • RequestContacts
  • AddInject
  • RemoveInject
  • Evaluate

Finally Trojan will escalate the privilege by requesting admin privileges on the device and asking the user to allow the application to access the device’s settings.

Also Read:

Beware!! New Android Malware That Can Read Your WhatsApp Messages & Take Screen Shots

Android Banking Trojan Found On Google Play with 10,000 Installs Steals User’s Banking Credentials

Hackers using Android & iOS Spyware “Pegasus” to Conducting Massive Surveillance Operations in 45 Countries


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BALAJI is an Ex-Security Researcher (Threat Research Labs) at Comodo Cybersecurity. Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder - Cyber Security News & GBHackers On Security.


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