Cybersecurity researchers at McAfee have discovered that an updated version of the Android malware, XLoader, can automatically launch itself on infected Android smartphones after installation without the need for any user interaction.
XLoader, also known as MoqHao, is a malware strain that is likely created by a financially motivated threat actor called ‘Roaming Mantis’.
This malware is mainly distributed via shortened URL links in text messages on Android devices, which, when clicked, redirects you to a website to download an Android APK installation file for a mobile app.
This allows the malware to run silently in the background and extract personal and private information from compromised devices, including device metadata, photos, text messages, contact lists, call specific numbers with silent mode, and potentially banking information, among other things.
“Typical MoqHao requires users to install and launch the app to get their desired purpose, but this new variant requires no execution ...
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