Android users have been warned about a new trojan that can steal data from several of the most popular apps.
Security experts from Trustlook Labs who discovered the malware say that once it has been installed it can take over the infected device and extract data from messaging and social media apps.
Some of the apps affected include Line, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Twitter, WeChat and Weibo.
“Trustlook Labs has discovered a Trojan which obfuscates its configuration file and part of its modules, the firm said in a blog post.
“The purpose of the content/file obfuscation is to avoid detection.
“Code obfuscation/hiding increases the malware author’s ability to avoid detection and becomes a sophisticated challenge to anti-virus software,” they added.
The full list of affected apps:
- Facebook Messenger
- Voxer Walkie Talkie Messenger
- Gruveo Magic Call
- TalkBox Voice Messenger
Trustlock failed to give any details on how the trojan is distributed. However, they did say it was being spread via a Chinese app called Cloud Module.
Given that the Google Play Store is not officially available in China, it is likely the app was downloaded from unofficial third party app stores.
As always, the advice for Android users is to only ever download apps from the Google Play Store.
While some malware does occasionally get past Google’s security systems, the Play Store is still the best place for Android users to download apps.