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Facts for Prelims (FFP)


Source: BS

Context: A new Android malware named ‘FluHorse’ has been discovered that targets users in Eastern Asia with fake carrier apps that mimic legitimate versions, such as the Taiwanese toll collection app ‘ETC’ and the Vietnamese banking app ‘VPBank Neo’.


The malicious apps are designed to extract sensitive information, including user credentials and Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) codes.


What is Android malware?

Android malware is malicious software designed to target Android smartphones and tablets. Malware can come in various forms, such as trojan horses, viruses, and spyware, and can be distributed through various channels, such as malicious apps, phishing emails, and websites.


What are Two-Factor Authentication codes?

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) codes are a security measure used to protect user accounts. In addition to requiring a password to access an account, 2FA adds an extra layer of security by requiring a unique code ( such as OTP) to be entered as well.