Soundminer Trojan steals data by listening

January 21, 2011
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Researchers have apparently developed a new low-profile Trojan that runs on the Android OS that can steal data in a very sneaky way that will not trip antivirus software or alert the user to its presence. The malware is known as Soundminer.

It monitors your phone calls and records the person when they say credit card numbers ordering or paying for things over the phone or when they enter a credit card number on the phone keypad. The stolen details can then be shot back to the thief over the data network.

"We implemented Soundminer on an Android phone and evaluated our technique using realistic phone conversation data," they wrote. "Our study shows that an individual's credit card number can be reliably identified and stealthily disclosed. Therefore, the threat of such an attack is real."

Via PC World


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  • me

    why would they do that!?