Ranked: 10 “Most Dangerous” Mobile Banking Trojans of 2021 and How They Can Steal Your Money
Banking Trojans have increased in 2021. As most of us have been forced to use contactless digital payments due to the Covid-19 pandemic, cybercriminals have seen this as an opportunity to trick people by through banking Trojans. For those unaware, a Trojan is a type of malicious code or software that looks legitimate but can take control of users’ devices, smartphones, PCs or laptops. It is designed to damage, disrupt or steal data. On smartphones, it is an application that secretly performs other actions that affect personal or confidential information stored on the device and/or take control of the device. According to Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky, 97,661 new mobile banking Trojans were discovered in 2021. Apart from apps with actual malicious functionality, there are several apps on Google Play that redirect the user to a page asking for their data and the payment of a fee. Kaspersky has compiled a list of the top 10 mobile banking Trojans that attacked victims in 2021.
Banker.AndroidOS.Agent.eq: can steal banking passwords
The Banker.AndroidOS.Agent.eq tops the list of banking trojans. It is known to steal usernames and passwords used for online banking, and also tries to obtain user’s bank card data (card holder name, card number , CVV and expiration date).
Banker.AndroidOS.Anubis.t: steal banking information
The Banker.AndroidOS.Anubis.t Trojan virus targets Android users and attempts to steal banking information. The Trojan has been found on several deceptive and fraudulent websites. Many reports suggest that this banking Trojan was mainly masquerading as related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Banker.AndroidOS.Svpeng.t: Get admin rights on users phone
The Banker.AndroidOS.Svpeng.t malware obtains administrator rights on your smartphone in a hidden way. Once it gets the rights, it displays a misleading webpage to trick you. Whenever you try to access a paid website, survive on an infected device, the malware intercepts the request and steals your information.
Banker.AndroidOS.Svpeng.t: steals banking information
The Banker.AndroidOS.Svpeng.q Trojan is quite similar to the Banker.AndroidOS.Svpeng.t malware as it steals your banking information in the same way. According to reports, this banking Trojan enters victims’ devices via Google AdSense advertisements which are displayed on many popular news sites.
Banker.AndroidOS.Asacub.ce: steals payment information
Banker.AndroidOS.Asacub.ce banking malware steals payment information from victims. The malware enters Android smartphones via phishing text messages. The messages prompt the user to download photos via the link containing the malware.
Banker.AndroidOS.Agent.ep: steals online banking passwords
The Banker.AndroidOS.Agent.ep malware belongs to the same family as the Banker.AndroidOS.Agent.eq Trojan. It can steal your banking credentials such as usernames and passwords used for online banking. The malware also tries to steal victim’s bank card details.
Banker.AndroidOS.Hqwar.t: steals banking information
The Banker.AndroidOS.Hqwar.t malware is used for both small-scale and large-scale attacks that can affect thousands of users around the world. It is categorized as ransomware and was first discovered in 2016. The malware also enters victims’ smartphones via phishing text messages.
Banker.AndroidOS.Bian.f: registration screen to steal banking information
The Banker.AndroidOS.Bian.f malware bypasses protections on Google Play to reach its user base. It attacks banking apps and records screens to steal credentials. It also locks users to hide its activities. It casts the screen so that your banking information can reach cyber criminals.
Banker.AndroidOS.Agent.cf: steals credit/debit card details
The Banker.AndroidOS.Agent.cf Trojan is a variant of the Banker.AndroidOS.Agent virus. It is hidden in apps that run in the background of your smartphone. The Trojan can steal your bank card details. It can also access your online banking information.
Banker.AndroidOS.Bian.h: steals bank details
The Banker.AndroidOS.Bian.h trojan reaches the victim’s smartphone via malicious apps. It can also bypass the security measures offered by Google. It shares your bank details with criminals who can then perform fraudulent transactions from your account.