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They detect malware on Android that subscribes its victims to premium services



They detect malware on Android that subscribes its victims to premium services


There is no doubt about the rise of malware in this time, as well as the methods used to introduce it into Android devices to carry out its harmful action.

The latest recent discovery in this field has been malware designed to subscribe users to a premium service without them realizing it.

To do this, the malware executes a fairly elaborate attack that relies on something called dynamic code loading. In that sense, the malware makes victims pay for the subscription to the premium service through the monthly bill of their telecommunications provider, taking advantage of the Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) used by cellular networks.

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That would explain why some malware strains disable Wi-Fi or wait until the user is out of Wi-Fi range. It is at this point that dynamic code loading kicks in, allowing the malware to preempt the victim’s subscription to the premium service.

After this, the malware reads an OTP (One Time Password) which is a step before ending the subscription and fills in the OTP field on your behalf, while the notification generated by this action keeps it hidden, causing your actions go unnoticed in the system.

However, as a favorable thing to mention, there is the fact that this malware tends to spread outside of Google Play, since the Google platform has a protocol that prevents store applications from using dynamic code loading.

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For now, users should continue to take precautions to prevent their phone from falling prey to such attacks.