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A new Android malware strain called CherryBlos has been observed making use of optical character recognition (OCR) techniques to gather sensitive data stored in pictures.

CherryBlos, per Trend Micro, is distributed via bogus posts on social media platforms and comes with capabilities to steal cryptocurrency wallet-related credentials and act as a clipper to substitute wallet addresses when a victim copies a string matching a predefined format is copied to the clipboard.

Once installed, the apps seek users’ permissions to grant it accessibility permissions, which allows it to automatically grant itself additional permissions as required. As a defense evasion measure, users attempting to kill or uninstall the app by entering the Settings app are redirected back to the home screen.

Besides displaying fake overlays on top of legitimate crypto wallet apps to steal credentials and make fraudulent fund transfers to an attacker-controlled address, CherryBlos utilizes OCR to recognize potential mnemonic phrases from images and photos stored on the device, the results of which are periodically uploaded to a remote server.

The success of the campaign banks on the possibility that users tend to take screenshots of the wallet recovery phrases on their devices.

Trend Micro said it also found an app developed by the CherryBlos threat actors on the Google Play Store but without the malware embedded into it. The app, named Synthnet, has since been taken down by Google.

The threat actors also appear to share overlaps with another activity set involving 31 scam money-earning apps, dubbed FakeTrade, hosted on the official app marketplace based on the use of shared network infrastructure and app certificates.

images from Hacker News