232 Banks with Android Apps hit by a Trojan

Quick Heal, an organization for cyber-security informed news sources of  detection of an Android Trojan malware associated with banking apps . It is called Android.banker.A2f8a. Users are directed to download Flash player from third party stores, which is fake and harmful. It obtains personal data from banking and crypto currency apps, based on reports by News 18.

“Users are expected to keep their records on the apps safe. They should avoid downloading any third party store apps,” opined Sanjay Katkar, Chief Technology Officer and Joint Managing Director of Quick Heal Technologies.

The Indian Express informed that banking apps of Axis, HDFC, SBI, ICICI, IDBI, Union Bank and Bank of Baroda are some names from many others who have been targets of data theft. Users are requested to provide administrative rights to this app after setup. It continues to pester users till they do the needful. After obtaining rights, the app connects with these financial apps with a hidden app icon. It tries to obtain data from 232 such apps.

This app is not only limited to access of banking information. It mentions locations, divulges contact lists and messages. These are transferred to a vindictive server. “After Android 4.1, Adobe Flash Player is not available on the Google play store and consumers who have banking apps on their phones need to beware of such an issue,” mentioned Quick Heal sources.


Sources: Indian Express, News 18

Hike Messenger gets a mobile wallet with its latest update

The latest update of the Hike Messenger saw the addition of a wallet service called Blue Packet. This is through the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) to help users with online bank-to-bank transfer besides instant messaging.

This Blue Packet also has personalized messages and envelopes that can be gifted to friends along with money on special occasions. This will enable one to gift one’s friend cash along with a card to celebrate any special occasion as mentioned in a report by CNN News 18.

The Economic Times informed through its report that this service has been facilitated by Yes Bank. This will also enable users to recharge their numbers through the app.

Hike Messenger founder and CEO Kavin Bharti Mittal informed the media that it took six months for the firm to launch this brand new feature. This was done to sustain the faith of Hike users in the messaging service by offering them something better.

Besides this Hike Messenger has also created app themes with a personal touch. You can now message using the night theme when during the night hours.

Auto strike in Delhi against app based transport services

Many daily commuters in Delhi could feel the pinch of the 85,000 missing Autos and 15,000 yellow black Taxis as the drivers go on an indefinite strike. The Transport Union complained about the “step-motherly” treatment given to them by the Delhi Government as app- based transport services like Ola and Uber are taking their livelihood away ; reported The Hindu.

The strike however became a bane to thousands of commuters who even after de-boarding from the metro need some last mile connectivity. It also left many passengers stranded in places like Connaught place, railway stations, and ISBTs.

The Joint Action Committee formed by the twenty unions of taxis and autos has called for an indefinite strike. According to the Delhi government, the strike is “politically motivated “and taking app based cab services off the roads are out of their ambit. They also said that the center should do something in this regard.

Kishan Verma,  President of All Delhi Auto-Taxi Transport Congress Union (ADATTCU), said the drivers of auto and taxi drivers are protesting against app-based services. “ Ola and Uber  don’t have the permit to run their cars in Delhi. They take away livelihood of our people.” reported The Indian Express.

This is the first time unions affiliated to major political parties have come together.