Android is the most common Os people uses, as of 2021, the total number of android users is over a 2.5billion active users spanning over 190 countries. This makes it easy for hackers to target their prey very easily.
There is a new malware called BRATA that is reported to infect Android devices, steal banking details and factory reset the affected device as a kill switch after every successful hack.
BRATA was first spotted by Kaspersky back in 2019 as an android RAT(remote access tool) that was targeted at only Brazilian users. Now, the malware has been updated to the latest version and has added the GPS tracking feature and the factory reset ability and as well updated with different variants to target e-banking users in the UK, Poland, Italy, Spain, China and Latin America.
According to reports from bleeping computer, the new malware has also been updated to evade antivirus scanner, key log, and factory reset.
How do I stay safe?
BRATA malware evades antivirus scanning apps, so the best way to avoid being infected is to be very careful about the apps you give permission and device admin privileges. Also, make sure you don’t download apps from external sources, Always download directly from the play store to be safe.