Of Chinenye Anuforo, [email protected]
The The Nigerian Communications Commission’s Computer Security Incident Response Team (NCC-CSIRT) has issued an advisory reminding the user to only download applications from official websites and application stores.
This follows a Facebook account credential-stealing malware known as “Schoolyard Bully,” which infected over 300,000 Android devices.
The NCC-CSIRT advisory recommended that users double-check each application and uncheck the boxes that request additional third-party downloads when installing apps downloaded from the Google Play Store, and to use anti-malware applications to routinely scan their devices for malware .
Researchers from mobile security firm Zimperium found several apps that transmit “Schoolyard Bully” malware while masquerading as reading and educational apps with a variety of books and subjects for their victims to study.
The malicious apps were available on Google Play, but they have already been removed. However, they still proliferate via third-party Android app stores.
The main goal of the malware, which affects all versions of Facebook Apps for Android, is to steal Facebook account information, including email address and password, account ID, username, device name, device RAM (Random Access Memory), and device API ( Application Programming Interface).
Furthermore, malware uses native libraries to avoid detection and analysis by security software and machine learning technologies.
CSIRT is the telecoms sector’s cyber security insight center set up by the NCC to focus on incidents in the telecoms sector and as they may affect telecoms consumers and citizens at large.
CSIRT also collaborates with the Nigerian Computer Emergency Response Team (ngCERT), established by the Federal Government to reduce the volume of future computer risk incidents by preparing, protecting and securing Nigerian cyberspace to prevent attacks and problems or related incidents.