Dangerous ‘coronavirus info, cryptocurrency and cashback' apps 'could hack your iPhone or Android' – delete NOW

IPHONE and Android users need to be wary of a new spyware campaign, according to a recent report.

The scam reportedly attempts to lure people in using false cryptocurrency and coronavirus apps.

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According to Trend Micro, dodgy spyware apps have been created for both iPhone and Android.

These apps could steal information like your online chats, contact lists, photos and even location data.

However, the iOS apps appear to have reduced information-stealing capabilities.

Trend Micro noted: "the apps may still be in development or incubation, maybe waiting for a 'right time' to inject the malicious codes."

Of the dangerous apps picked up by the report, two still appear to be available on the App Store.

They are called Concipit 1248 and Concipit Shop.

We could no longer see these apps on the Google Play Store but some unsuspecting users may have already downloaded them.

They claim to be cryptocurrency and cashback apps respectively.

Trend Micro actually found the dangerous apps when looking into a bogus app called called Coronavirus Updates.

This app was stealing information from Android phones.

All three apps seem to come from a company called Concipit 1248.

It has a legit looking website that claims to be the "1st Cashback Platform on Blockchain".

However, Concipit 1248 is also associated with "Cashnow.ee", a website that good antivirus software blocks access to.

This is connected to "spy.cashnow.ee", a cybercrime looking website containing statements such as "Project Spy 201" and "Target Mr. Anonymous."

These connections is why Trend Micro refers to the whole operation of the coronavirus and cash apps as Project Spy.

Trend Micro said that the coding within the apps suggests that their cybercriminal creators are amateurs.

Apple told Trend Micro that the iOS "sandbox is able to detect and block these malicious behaviours."

If you're an Android user, it's advisable to download good antivirus software.

Trend Micro noted that "as this is a group we have not observed before, we will continue monitoring this campaign for further developments."

For now, we don't actually know if the various companies connected to this scam are all guilty.

It is possible that the website "spyware.cashnow.ee" is an ironic joke but current circumstantial evidence is suggesting otherwise.

Tips to prevent identity theft

Sometimes these things are out of your control but there are useful measures you can take to try and protect yourself…

  • Have passwords on all your digital devices
  • Try and have different passwords for each account and device and change them every so often
  • Avoid clicking on suspicious links in emails or texts
  • Never give out personal information without triple checking you're giving it to the person you intended
  • Limit the number of credit or debit cards you carry at any one time
  • Don't carry around things like your Social Security card or National Insurance number unless you have to

In other news, a new Apple Maps tool reveals which cities are locking down hardest during coronavirus.

Facebook is delivering "verified" coronavirus info daily to the top of News Feeds.

Google's "contact-tracing" coronavirus tech will be delivered using its Play Services – but won't arrive on all Android smartphones.

Have you noticed any coronavirus scams? Let us know in the comments…

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