Smartphone malware is on the rise and with 99% of known malware targeting Google’s Android platform. Neal Hindocha, a senior security consultant for Trustwave, has built proof-of-concept ‘screenlogging’ malware that monitors finger swipes on smart devices in combination with taking screenshots, painting a picture of exactly how the user is interacting with their phone or tablet.
Hindocha has created a code that is able to steal the keystrokes of the users. In this way, a hacker could discover the PIN , account numbers , passwords and any sensitive information that users type on their smartphones .
The malware monitors all events “touch ” made by users on the phone , saving the report to a specific server. The interesting thing is that the malware also saves a screenshot of the event, combining it with the user’s touch .
At the moment , this threat can be inserted into a smartphone just by connecting it to a computer via USB, but it is not excluded that in the future might evolve. A problem that affects all Android smartphones , but also the jailbroken iPhone . Without jailbreak , in fact, this malware is harmless, but the jailbreak can be inserted in the device with all its consequences.
Hindocha hopes that by demonstrating his concept at the upcoming RSA Security conference, he will help make app developers and companies with high security requirements understand the importance of issues that, if ignored, could potentially leave people or businesses wide open.
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