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Cyber Expert Advise: Think Twice Before You Download Apps

Cyber Expert Advise: Think Twice Before You Download Apps

Now you know that pirated phone applications are now being used to hack into personal details, including photographs and bank credentials, of mobile phone users. With the help of malware implanted in them, hackers are accessing mobile wallets and banking applications on people’s mobile phones.

This has become a cause for concern as online transactions have increased in the wake of demonetisation, and the number of such malware entering mobile phones are also on the rise, experts have said. The victims are also led to malware implanting websites through links sent through WhatsApp messages.

Mobile users should be aware that the malware, including ransomware, keylogger and coat-trailing trojans, can be transmitted through the applications. “These malwares infiltrate the mobile phones and computers too,” said N. Vijayshankar, cyber security expert. They point out that there are three methods in which a phone or laptop can get compromised by a malware – via an application-led attack, through browsers or through Internet networks like free Wi-Fi.

Meanwhile, the key logger malware captures the key strokes and in this manner steals the credentials. The accompanying trojan on the other hand enters a particular site, like that of a bank, when the victim logs in and then transfers the money into different accounts.

Source: thehindu

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