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Android Attack Bills Itself as Google Chrome Update

By May 18, 2016March 2nd, 2023Blog, Cybersecurity

android_attack_bills_itself_as_google_chrome_update2You’ve probably heard by now that hacks and attacks are getting more and more sophisticated as time goes by. This latest malware attack, is a perfect example of this increasing sophistication in action.
The simple reality is that hacks succeed more often when they are disguised as a helpful program that people instinctively want to download. This latest attack vector employs that very disguise, masking itself as a Google Chrome updater.

In reality, it is an information harvesting machine that can collect call logs, browser history, banking information and SMS data from the phone it’s installed on and send it all back to the person who controls the malware. What’s worse is the fact that because it has all the outward appearances of a genuinely helpful/useful app, it can easily be missed or overlooked by even the most robust and up to date virus scanning software.

In time, antivirus software companies will update their databases to catch this latest attempt by the hacking community to steal your personal information, but in the meanwhile, it pays to be prudent. Even if you think you’re safe with a good antivirus package installed and are faithful about keeping it up to date, as this latest discovery indicates, the hacking community is always one step ahead.

The bottom line is, you should never download anything unless you can confirm that it comes from a trusted source, a habit that needs to be drilled into every employee at your firm, at every level. Spotting and looking for potential threats is also important to keeping all of your devices safe. If you use an Android device, be sure to double check any Google Chrome update requests to be sure it is not this latest threat.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.