This ‘Fake’ Google Chrome Update Could Be Targeting Bank Accounts on Android Phones

Fake' Google Chrome Update

This ‘Fake’ Google Chrome Update Could Be Targeting Bank Accounts on Android Phones

Google claims that Brokewell, a new Trojan malware, is capable of gathering a user’s phone information and spying on banking apps.

Fake' Google Chrome Update

Although certain forms of internet viruses and malware may be simpler to detect than others, those that are most invisible may pose the greatest challenge. The cybersecurity firm ThreatFabric has identified an additional instance of this type of malware, which disguises as a Google Chrome update for Android smartphones.

Fake' Google Chrome Update

This malware series has been labeled “Brokewell” by ThreatFabric, and it features a spoof Google Chrome update page that allows users to download a fake Chrome update. However, after being installed on the Android device, it acquires all personal information and can even monitor financial applications.

Fake' Google Chrome Update

“Android individuals are automatically safeguarded against known variants of this malware by Google Play Protect, which is enabled by default on Android devices with Google Play Services,”  Google said in a statement to an organization regarding the trojan virus.  Google Play Protect has the capability to alert users or prevent applications that are recognized for bad behavior, irrespective of their origin from sources other than Play.

Fake' Google Chrome Update

The report asserts that an Android smartphone user may be deceived into installing the Brokewell virus, which pretends to update the Google Chrome browser on their device because it appears to be legitimate.  The impostor screen is then superimposed on any smartphone application, including financial applications, in order to obtain login information such as the user’s username and password.

This information is then transmitted to the hacker’s remote server, rendering your device’s entire contents vulnerable.  After obtaining the phone user’s credentials, the malware has the capability to pilfer the entire data or withdraw funds from the users’ bank accounts.

Fake' Google Chrome Update

Users of Android devices are obligated to exclusively upgrade applications from the Google Play Store and disregard any updates or installations from third-party apps.

About The Author:

Yogesh Naager is a content marketer who 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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