Android malware harvesting personal data of North Korean defectors

McAfee has discovered malware in the Google Play store aimed at harvesting the personal data of defectors from North Korea.

Dubbed “RedDawn,” the attackers used Facebook to distribute links to malicious Android apps that were tagged as unreleased.

Researchers connected the malware to a group they’ve named “Sun Team”, due to the email accounts and Android devices they used in their previous attack.

According to McAfee, its discovery proves that targeted attacks on mobile devices are here to stay.

It advised users to be cautious when installing unreleased or beta versions of any app.

It also recommended that users avoid obscure apps by checking the number of downloads it has received.

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Android malware harvesting personal data of North Korean defectors