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Fake Android update menace

By John Leyden, 17 Aug 2016

Crooks have begun slinging the prolific Android Marcher malware as a fake smartphone update.

A site page serving the malware attempts to scare potential marks by showing that the device is vulnerable to viruses, inviting them to install a "fake" update to prevent future data theft. The tactic represents a change of tack by cybercrooks behind the scam, who previously spread the nasty through Amazon and Google Play store apps, cloud security firm Zscaler reports.

Marcher, which surfaced in 2013, specialises in harvesting user credentials and credit card data. Recently, Marcher added the United Kingdom to its hit list – which already included Australia, France, Turkey and the United States. ®

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