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‘Shopper’ malware affects over 14% Indians: Kaspersky report

Over 14% Indians affected by ‘Shopper’ malware
Over 14% Indians affected by ‘Shopper’ malware (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

For now, the focus of this malicious app is on retail, but its capabilities enable attackers to spread fake information via users’ social media accounts and other platforms.

A new Trojan application is boosting popular shopping app ratings and installations and spreading ads that annoy users and over 14 per cent Indians have been affected by this malware dubbed as 'Shopper', researchers from global cybersecurity and anti-virus brand Kaspersky said on Sunday.

The highest share of users infected by 'Trojan-Dropper. AndroidOS.Shopper.a' from October to November 2019 was in Russia, with a staggering 28.46 per cent of all users affected by the shopaholic app located in the country. Almost a fifth (18.70 per cent) of infections were in Brazil and 14.23 per cent in India.

'Despite the fact that at the moment, the real danger stemming from this malicious app is limited to unsolicited ads, fake reviews and ratings issued in the name of the victim, no one can guarantee that the creators of this malware will not change their payload to something else,' Igor Golovin, Malware Analyst at Kaspersky, said in a statement.

For now, the focus of this malicious app is on retail, but its capabilities enable attackers to spread fake information via users' social media accounts and other platforms.

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The Trojan, dubbed 'Shopper', first drew the attention of researchers following its extensive obfuscation and use of the Google Accessibility Service.

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