Rogue Flash Player Steals Credit Card Information from Android Devices

July 23, 2014, Written By Bill Hardekopf

A new Trojan has started threatening Android users by disguising itself as Adobe Flash Player. Encountering this program could easily put your credit card data at risk.

At this time, the malware is mostly targeting Russian users, but its codes can be modified for other countries. The program will begin asking for administrator privileges and will not stop popping up until it receives it.

Once the Trojan has access to the administrative rights, it will detect if there is an active Google Play application running.

The researchers who discovered the malware said, “If one is present, the malware displays a standard credit card information form used to associate a credit card with an account. All the submitted information, such as the card number, expiration date and CVC code, and the address and phone number of the cardholder, is transmitted to the attackers’ server.”

Beyond threatening your credit card accounts, a program like this can intercept text messages coming to your phone and send others out to people in your contact list at any time. This process is mainly used to collect telephone numbers for future hacking.

Be careful with anything you download to your phone or computer so you can avoid being the victim of fraud.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of July 23, 2014. For up-to-date
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Bill Hardekopf is the CEO of and covers the credit card industry from all perspectives. Bill has been involved with personal finance for over 15 years. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes, The Street and The Christian Science Monitor.
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