Android users are threatened by a malware masquerading as Viber

05 September 2018
ESET experts warn users of Viber messenger about another threat. Recently discovered malware infiltrates mobile devices running Android, masquerading as a popular messenger.It is reported that the new malware, posing as Viber, after getting on the victim's device requests advanced rights in the system. Thus, it gets access to user personal data, such as contacts, messages, and calls, and can record phone conversations and intercept documents sent via other messengers or downloaded from the Internet. This malware gets onto unsuspecting devices via sites imitating Google Play app store. At the same time, the page of the "fake" messenger has the "Editor's Choice" mark, as well as, just like the real Viber, a score of 4.3 and the number of downloads exceeding 500 million. To avoid falling for the trap of criminals, everyone who wants to download Viber for Android, or any other programs for their gadget, is recommended to use proven sites and install reliable antivirus.