New Ongoing Malware Campaign Targeting Android Devices

Published on 26 May 2023

There are reports of a new ongoing malware campaign targeting Android devices. AhRat, a new remote access trojan (RAT), which is based on an open-source AhMyth Android RAT, has been masquerading as a legitimate application. It has a wide range of capabilities, including tracking infected devices' location, stealing call logs, contacts and text messages, as well as sending SMS messages, taking pictures, and recording background audio. It is reported that this is not the first instance of the AhMyth-based Android malware infiltrating the Google Play store.

Android users are advised to stay vigilant and adopt the following measures to protect their devices against malware:

• Pay attention to the security permissions requested by the application and/or its privacy policy before downloading. Be wary of applications that ask for unnecessary permissions on your device
• Only install applications from the official Google Play Store. As an added precaution, check the developer information on the application listing, and only download applications developed and listed by the official developer
• Uninstall any unknown applications that are found in your devices immediately
• Perform anti-virus scans and keep regular backups of important data 

• Ensure that your devices’ operating systems and applications are updated regularly to be protected by the latest security patches

Members of the public may also refer to our joint advisory on The Dangers Of Downloading Applications From Third Party Or Dubious Sites.

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