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CAUTION: This 29 Android Apps Can Steal From Your Bank, Practically!


One major difference between Android OS by Google and iOS by Apple, is the fact that Android is Open Source operating system, why iOS is not. By open source, it means anybody within the ecosystem can contribute towards the development of the operating system (OS), mostly inderectly, through application developments.

29 bad Android apps

Unfortunately, not all app developers within the Android ecosystem have good integrity; while some developers put in efforts to offer well optimized applications to users within the ecosystem, some selfish developers are seeking ways to exploit users within same ecosystem.

Google on it end, has put up different measures to restrict the presence of this developers within the Android ecosystem, at least, Google has put up extensive verification method and checks, to ensuring that such apps that exploit users does not make it ways to the official Google Android Play store.

But overtime, we’ve seen dubious developers beating and tricking Google into believing that their apps are safe, but the contrary, leading to bad apps making it to Google app Store. But again, all credits to Google for always responding quickly to researchers and other developers report concerning malicious apps on the play store.


Today, we are presenting to our readers in a caution, of 29 malicious Android apps that is capable of practically stealing money from your bank account. These apps belong to the category of sophisticated mobile banking malware with complex functionality and a heavy focus on stealth.

As mentioned above, the 29 malicious apps have all been removed from the official Android store in the meantime after ESET and fellow researchers notified Google of their malicious nature. But unfortunately, before the 29 apps were pulled from Google play store, a total of about 30,000 Android users had already installed the apps. So it is important to go through the list below, and ensure to remove such apps from your Android enabled smartphone ASAP.

How Does These Apps Operates?

Once launched, the apps either display an error claiming they have been removed due to incompatibility with the victim’s device and then proceed to hide themselves from the victim’s view, or deliver the promised functionality – such as displaying horoscopes.

Caution Android apps that can steal from your bank account

Regardless of which of the preceding activities one of these apps displays, the main malicious functionality is hidden in an encrypted payload located in each app’s assets. This payload is encoded using base64 and then encrypted with an RC4 cipher using a hardcoded key. The first stage of the malware’s activity is a dropper that initially checks for the presence of an emulator or a sandbox. If these checks fail, it then decrypts and drops a loader, and a payload that contains the actual banking malware. Some of the apps we analyzed contained more than one stage of such encrypted payloads.

The functionality of the final payload is to impersonate banking apps installed on the victim’s device, intercept and send SMS messages, and download and install additional applications of the operator’s choice. The most significant feature is that the malware can dynamically impersonate any app installed on a compromised device. This is achieved by obtaining the HTML code of the apps installed on the device and using that code to overlay legitimate apps with bogus forms once the legitimate apps are launched, giving the victim very little chance to notice something is amiss.

How to stay safe

Fortunately, these particular banking Trojans (the full list can be found in the IoCs section) do not employ advanced tricks to ensure their persistence on affected devices. Therefore, if you suspect you have installed any of these apps, you can simply uninstall them under Settings > (General) > Application manager/Apps.

We also advise you to check your bank account for suspicious transactions and consider changing your internet banking password/PIN code.

To avoid falling victim to banking malware, we recommend that you:

  • Only download apps from Google Play; this does not ensure the app is not malicious, but apps like these are much more common on third-party app stores, where they are rarely removed once uncovered, unlike on Google Play
  • Make sure to check the number of downloads, app ratings and the content of reviews before downloading apps from Google Play
  • Pay attention to what permissions you grant to the apps you install
  • Keep your Android device updated and use a reliable mobile security solution; ESET products detect and block this threat as Android/TrojanDropper.Agent.CIQ.

Indicators of Compromise (IoCs)

App name Package name Hash Installs
Power Manager com.puredevlab.powermanager 7C13ADEFC2CABD85AD8F486C3CBDB6379811A097 10+
Astro Plus com.astro.plus 24D2ED751A33BD965A01FA87D7A187D14D0B0849 0+
Master Cleaner – CPU Booster bnb.massclean.boost 101DA4333A26BC6D9DFEF6605E5D8D10206C0EB4 5,000+
Master Clean – Power Booster mc.boostpower.lf E5DC8D4664167D61E5B4D83597965253A8B4CB3B 100+
Super Boost Cleaner cpu.cleanpti.clo 33D59A70363857A0CE6857D201B764EF3E8194DD 500+
Super Fast Cleaner super.dupclean.com E125AC53050CAFA5A930B210C8168EA9ED0FD6F1 500+
Daily Horoscope For All Zodiac Signs ui.astrohoro.t2018 C3C45A7B3D3D2CB73A40C25BD4E83C9DA14F2DEA 100 +
Daily Horoscope Free – Horoscope Compatibility com.horochart.uk CD5817AB3C2E4AE6A18F239BDD51E0CC9D7F6E25 500+
Phone Booster – Clean Master ghl.phoneboost.com 9834B40401D76473D496E73884947D8A9F1920B3 1,000+
Speed Cleaner – CPU Cooler speeeed.cool.fh 7626646C5C6D2C94B9D541BD5A0F320421903277 100+
Ultra Phone Booster ult.boostphone.pb 6156081484663085B4FC5DEAEBF7DA079DD655C3 1,000+
Free Daily Horoscope 2019 fr.dayy.horos 4E7F12F07D052E7D1EFD21CD323D8BAD9A79933B 50+
Free Daily Horoscope Plus – Astrology Online com.dailyhoroscope.free c0be22c44e5540322e0ffbf3a6fe18ce0968d3b5 1,000+
Phone Power Booster pwr.boost.pro FCB8E568145AF2B6D8D29C0484417E51DD25717F 1,000+
Ultra Cleaner – Power Boost ua.cleanpower.boost CB37C8C44750874BA61F6F95E7A7C29073CB51DC 50+
Master Cleaner – CPU Booster bnm.massclean.boost 63E1C18D87F41ABF9956FC035D29D3C2890453EE 5,000+
Daily Horoscope – Astrological Forecast gmd.horobest.ty 90f41c64b3ab3f3b43e9d14b52f13143afb643da 1,000+
Speed Cleaner – CPU Cooler speeeed.cool.gh 56be07b21c9992a45c3b44b2e8a26b928e8238e2 0+
Horoscope 2018 com.horo2018i.up c8dc0e94f38556cd83ca6a693fa5b6d7ae3957f7 1,000+
Meu Horóscopo my.horoscop.br 92808ca526f8e655d8fa8716ab476be4041cd505 1,000+
Master Clean – Power Booster mc.boostpower.cf ab88a93b0e919e5e07cf867f4165f78aa77dc403 50+
Boost Your Phone boost.your.phone 5577c9131f026d549a38e3ce48c04a323475927e 1,000+
Phone Cleaner – Booster, Optimizer phone.boost.glh 988AB351549FEB2C1C664A29B021E98E3695A18A 1,000+
Clean Master Pro Booster 2018 pro.cleanermaster.iz b9d32241d169dfd4ca5674dffa357796b200bc2f 10+
Clean Master – Booster Pro bl.masterbooster.pro bcb9ef41fea8878eb10f4189dd55bfe1d03a64b3 5,000+
BoostFX. Android cleaner fx.acleaner.e2018 99bff493d201d42534eec9996fd0819a 50+
Daily Horoscope day.horocom.ww 971a0cf208f99c259966b20aa10380c1 1,000+
Daily Horoscope com.dayhoroscope.en 25e95b32832a491108835b382c4f14aa 1,000+
Personal Horoscope horo.glue.zodnow 0dcaf426bbc3b484aa4004f5c8e48a19
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Stephen is the Editor-in-Chief @DroidAfrica. His work on DroidAfrica is born out of pure passion for tech, especially as it relates to smartphones. When Steve is not writing tech, then he is reading tech.


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