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Google Android Market Phishing Attempt on Mobile Banking Apps

A recent fraud alert from Oregon-based First Tech Credit Union was posted on Dec. 22nd and warns of a phishing attack to acquire personal information.  The attack involved a phishing attempt by some apps that were posted for download on Google’s Android Market online software store.  These apps are known as rogue applications that were disguised as legitimate mobile banking apps and developed to steal banking credentials from users.  The apps were developed by a user with the alias Driod09 according to the financial institution and have since been removed been removed from the Android Market.

Users have been advised to immediately remove any apps downloaded from Driod09 and bring their mobile device to their mobile provider to ensure the programs have been fully removed.

It was reported that several apps have been removed from the Android Market due to the usage of bank’s names with no permission.

The applications were investigated and Google has reported no malicious activity to collect user information or passwords.

As a reminder, SAFE’s Mobile Banking solution is accessible via a mobile web browser and does not require an application to be downloaded on your mobile device. For all your mobile banking needs, visit go.safecu.org.

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