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Researchers have discovered a new Android banking malware that targets Brazil’s Itaú Unibanco with the help of lookalike Google Play Store pages to carry out fraudulent financial transactions on victim devices without their knowledge.

“This application has a similar icon and name that could trick users into thinking it is a legitimate app related to Itaú Unibanco,” Cyble researchers said in a report published last week. “The [threat actor] has created a fake Google Play Store page and hosted the malware that targets Itaú Unibanco on it under the name ‘sincronizador.apk.'”

The tactic of leveraging fake app store pages as a lure is not new. In March, Meta (previously Facebook) disclosed details of an attack campaign that used its platform as part of a broader operation to spy on Uyghur Muslims using rogue third-party websites that used replica domains for popular news portals and websites designed to resemble third-party Android app stores, where attackers put fake keyboard, prayer, and dictionary apps that might appeal to the targets.

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