There Is A Fake PDRM Android App On The Loose: Might Lead To Monetary Loss

12-22 10:39

The Malaysia Computer Emergency Response Team (MyCERT) has recently published a security alert regarding a fake Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) app that has been spotted in the wild. Made specifically for Android, it apparently able to sap away money from users’ bank account.

However, the genesis of the infection doesn’t take place directly on users’ phone. Instead, it takes place via social engineering as it all started with a fake phone call by an individual that posses as a law enforcement officers.

The fake PDRM app in action.

According to the description by MyCERT, the scammer would then inform the victims that they have been involved in money laundering and threaten to arrest them unless they download the fake app. Once the fake app has been installed into the victim’s phone, it apparently will try to replace the phone’s default SMS app.

After gaining access to users’ SMS service, the malicious app will then try to create bank transaction from the phone. Given the implications, it is always important to make sure that you never download any unknown apps that sent to you via any messaging platform and always verify such calls with respective authorities before taking any further actions.

(Source: MyCERT . Main image: Two hundred percent @ Wikimedia Commons. )

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