Malware is Now Passing Itself Off as a Ride-Share App

As a whole, we are always on-the-go. Running late for meeting, trying to get to doctor appointments on time, or just working hard to get through downtown before rush hour hits. Many of us use ride-share apps to get to and from places, and the last thing on our minds is whether or not malware will somehow finds its way onto our devices.

Unfortunately, the hackers behind the famous Faketoken Trojan, an app that has been updated many times over the years to continue its wrath on our cellular phones and tablets, has morphed into its latest version known as “fake token.q” by the tech-savvy population. By now, there are quite a few tricks up its sleeve, and it seems to be coming for us through the apps we use most.

The malware that just won’t quit

The latest update to the android-based virus lets it copy your credit card and personal information through a variety of Russian ride-share apps. Basically it uses overlaying text boxes to cover the fields in which you enter all of your data, then sends it straight to the servers for the team of hackers to use at their own will.

While ride-share apps are vulnerable, The Faketoken Trojan doesn’t stop there. It also disguises itself as a camera app on your device and watches all of your other apps to record patterns and certain activities, which it uses to access your personal information.

As long as you don’t use a ride-share app or take pictures you should be ok, right? Not exactly. These two versions of the malware are the only ones we know of – so far. There could be many more versions of the virus out there disguised as countless different apps that are “dedicated” to being used for a variety of things.

What we know so far

Luckily the team over at Kaspersky, the anti-virus software, have been on the case to help keep us all safe. While they are working hard to ensure the virus at least stays where it is, there’s nothing concrete that proves it can’t (or hasn’t already) spread to different regions or operating systems.

Kaspersky says: “Currently the Trojan is focused on users in Russia, but as we’ve seen many times in the past, cybercriminals constantly steal ideas from each other, so it won’t take long for them to adopt the same trick in other countries. A lot of city dwellers have taxi-booking apps installed these days, so this trick represents a good opportunity for malware creators.”

Stay on the lookout for any unusual activity from the apps you use. Always take precaution before downloading an app from an unknown developer just because it’s free or easy to use. Viruses come in all shapes.