An Italian mobile security company named Cleafy has issued a warning to all android phone users about a malware dubbed BRATA. The security researchers have identified that the malware has not only the potential to wipe out entire information from an infected device but can also remain concealed by stealing vital info.
The way BRATA is being distributed is interesting as the malware only targets one financial organization at a time and keeps in touch with a command-and-control server.
BRATA is developed in such a way that it has the potential to send and receive SMS from infected devices and fetch OTPS without the knowledge of users.
Analysts state that BRATA malware was being distributed from gaming websites and app downloading portals and has moved from Brazil, Spain, Italy, Europe, to Asian countries.
It started as a banking Trojan in the year 2019 and was identified to have transformed into a data stealing malware in June 2021 and then emerged into a data wiping malicious software in January 2022.
Keeping the mobile device up to date with the latest software, never downloading apps from online resources, and not streaming content from pirated websites will help avoid trouble with BRATA.