Rise in deceptive loan apps – Safe Week with Tony Anscombe



ESET Research reveals details on the rise in deceptive loan apps on Android, their origins and how they work

This week, ESET researchers examined a sharp increase in deceptive loan apps for Android. According to ESET Research, these apps have seen strong growth on unofficial third-party app stores, Google Play, and websites since early 2023.

These applications request various sensitive data from their users and then exfiltrate it to the attackers’ servers. This data is then used to blackmail users of these apps, focusing on users in Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America.

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