A new version of AndroRAT malware can control your entire smartphone

There is a new version of the AndroRAT malware spotted in the wild. It can inject root exploits to perform malicious tasks. This time the vulnerability CVE-2015-1805 it is abused to obtain privilege escalation on older Android devices. It is a dangerous way of exploiting a vulnerability because every cybercriminal can perform a silent installation, shell command execution, WiFi password collection, and screen capture.

AndroRAT was created in 2012 as a university project to offer remote control of a device, but the cybercriminals quickly modified this open-source client/server application into a tool that was later used to attack Android devices.

AndroRAT it is not different from other Remote Access Tools (RATs), it can control your devices by obtaining root access
The new version comes as a utility app named TrashCleaner. At its first run TrashCleaner will ask the victim to install a Chinese calculator app then hides its icon from the device’s UI and runs the RAT in the background. A C&C server controls the malware and it can perform audio recording, photo taking, system information theft (phone model, number, IMEI, etc.), steals of WiFi names, call logs, mobile network cell location, GPS location, contacts, files on the device, list of running apps, and SMS messages.

It can also be used to obtain mobile network information, storage capacity, root status, list of installed applications, web browsing history from pre-installed browsers, calendar events, record calls, upload files to the device, capture photos using the front camera, delete and send forged SMS messages, take screenshots, execute shell commands, steal WiFi passwords, and keylogger too.

CVE-2015-1805 was patched in 2016, but it is still dangerous because many devices no longer updated regularly.
To stay safe in front of this malware, any user must not download apps from 3rd party markets because this is the way the malware is distributed. It is also a good idea to always keep the Android device up to date and protected by a robust cybersecurity solution like antivirus or firewall app.

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