'Android.Fakeyouwon' Malware Description
MobonoGram 2019, an Android-based application branded as an enhanced offshoot of the popular Telegram messaging application is, in fact, a threatening piece of software listed on the official Google Play Store recently. Presumably packing more features than its famous counterpart, MobonoGram 2019 is a classic messaging application. Besides getting people in contact, however, MobonoGram 2019 has now been found to perform certain tasks without having obtained the Android user’s carte blanche first. Such tasks range from running background services to churning out one malvertisement after another.
MobonoGram 2019 aroused suspicion after its developers made the application available in countries which do not provide a market niche for Telegram typically. What is more, MoboniGram 2019 even showed up on Google Play in the Russian Federation and Iran – countries, which have prohibited the use of Telegram on their corresponding territories. Since MobonoGram 2019 draws on Telegram’s source-code almost entirely, its unusual geographic distribution raised alarm, prompting a closer examination of the application. The latter bore fruit because it revealed that MobonoGram 2019 did contain portions of embedded corrupted code. The code, in return, configured a broadcast receiver that communicated with an external C&C server whenever the Android users switched on their devices, installed a new application, or updated existing applications. This communication spread the so-called ‘Android.Fakeyouwon” malware reportedly. Security researchers believe this malware might have reached as many as 100,000 Android devices for that was the number of downloads before Google’s security team took MobonoGram 2019 off the Play Store.
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