Security researchers at Bitdefender have revealed a new CAPTCHA-bypassing Android malware – Mkero, that is embedded in Google Play store as applications by malicious developers. The malware is designed to get thousands of users to subscribe to premium-rate SMS services, which adds up to a big pot of money.
Security researchers estimate that if each victim signed up for just one premium-rate number, conservatively, a service that charges $0.5 per SMS per month could amount to gains of up to $250,000 by the malware, reports Net Security.
Bitdefender warns that at least seven Android applications in Google’s Play Store contain the MKero malware. After notifying Google of [...]