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Ztorg: from rooting to SMS

I’ve been monitoring Google Play Store for new Ztorg Trojans since September 2016, and have so far found several dozen new malicious apps. All of them were rooting malware that used exploits to gain root rights on the infected device. In May 2017, a new Ztorg variant appeared on the Google Play Store – only this this time it wasn’t a rooting malware but a Trojan-SMS.

Ztorg: money for infecting your smartphone

This research started when we discovered an infected Pokémon GO guide in Google Play. We detected the malware as Trojan.AndroidOS.Ztorg.ad. After some searching, I found some other similar infected apps that were being distributed from the Google Play Store. After I started tracking these infected apps, two things struck me – how rapidly they became popular and the comments in the user review sections.

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