GravityRAT: Android virus disguises itself as a messenger app

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The Android Trojan known as “GravityRAT”, which caused damage last year, is back: attackers want to access your smartphone via a compromised chat app.

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GravityRAT: The malicious software allows hackers to access your cell phone remotely.
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The search for a secure messaging app is also being exploited by hackers: The Android Trojan GravityRAT, which was up to mischief last year, is now disguised as a secure chat service called “SoSafe Chat” and advertises primarily via social media -Channels with supposedly free and secure encryption.

Like the online magazine “Bleeping Computer“reports, GravityRAT serves, among other things, as a gateway for further spyware that can be installed on your Android smartphone. Currently the Trojan is primarily active in India, but as in the previous year, the spread could rapidly expand to a worldwide radius.

GravityRAT is a so-called “Remote Access Trojan”: This is malware that enables attackers to access the respective smartphone remotely after the installation has been completed. Once the virus has been installed, a large amount of data can be spied on and collected – in addition to calling up the location, this also includes reading or writing other (potentially harmful) files on the smartphone.

In order to prevent such malware attacks, it is generally advisable to only download applications from trustworthy and verified sources such as the Google Play Store. Occasionally, however, attackers were able to smuggle in malicious software such as the “Grifthorse” Trojan in the Google Play Store. We’ll tell you how to protect yourself from hackers and malware in the linked guide. If you already have malware on your smartphone, here are tips on how to get rid of it.

11/15/2021 from Jusuf Hatic

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