A Recently Discovered Malware that Targets Androids Grab User Passwords, Call History, and Other Sensitive Information


Users’ call logs are being hacked, passwords are being stolen, and other personal information is being stolen by hazardous malware that has been attacking Android phones.  The administration has issued a warning about the recent threat to the community.

The government has released a warning about the ‘Daam’ virus, which could infect Android phones.  This spyware can access a number of features on your phone, including call history, contacts, browser history, and possibly your camera, without your permission.  This advice was given by the nation’s cybersecurity organization, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In).

The advice claims that the ‘Daam’ virus can evade antivirus solutions, making it challenging to find and eliminate.  Furthermore, it has the ability to install ransomware, a harmful program that locks your device and requests payment to unlock it.  The vast majority of the time, viruses spread via third-party websites or software that has been obtained from questionable or suspicious sources.

In addition, the ‘Daam’ virus seeks to avoid the safety features of an Android phone once it has infected it.  It then acquires access to private data on the infected device, including call logs and history.

Moreover, the ‘Daam’ malware can access the camera, record phone calls, access contacts, and even change device passwords, according to official advice.  On top of that, it has the ability to download and upload files, capture screenshots, steal SMSs, and send the material it has taken to a command-and-control server.

To make conditions worse, the spyware encrypts documents on the user’s device using the cutting-edge encryption method AES.  As a result, other files are removed from the storage space of the device, leaving just the encrypted files with a “.enc” extension.  Further, a “readme_now.txt” ransom message can be shown.

The cybersecurity organization warns against accessing dubious websites or clicking on suspicious URLs in order to safeguard yourself from such dangers.  Updating your antivirus program is recommended.  The warning also cautions against using any phone numbers that don’t seem to belong to a legitimate cell provider since scammers frequently use email-to-text services to conceal their true identities.  Instead of a phone number, genuine text messages from banks typically have a sender ID that contains the bank’s abbreviated name.

The final piece of advice is for users to exercise extreme caution when dealing with shortened URLs, such as those that contain “bitly” or “TinyURL” connections.  The aforementioned URLs might lead to dangerous websites when clicked on.

By taking these steps, you can defend your Android phone against the “Daam” spyware and other similar attacks, protecting both your device and your personal data.

About The Author:

Yogesh Naager is a content marketer that specializes in the cybersecurity and B2B space.  Besides writing for the News4Hackers blog, he’s also written for brands including CollegeDunia, Utsav Fashion, and NASSCOM.  Naager entered the field of content in an unusual way.  He began his career as an insurance sales executive, where he developed an interest in simplifying difficult concepts.  He also combines this interest with a love of narrative, which makes him a good writer in the cybersecurity field.  In the bottom line, he frequently writes for Craw Security.

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