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BlackRock Android Malware And List Of Affected Apps: Explained

Generally, smartphone Operating Systems like Android and iOS are quite secure and unlike Windows, they are not impacted by malware. Sadly, this time around a new smartphone malware by the name of BlackRock has been discovered recently. According to Security firm ThreatFabric, BlackRock can steal data, passwords, and credit/debit card information from over 337 mainstream smartphone applications.

In this article, I have shared information about the aforementioned malware accompanied by a list of affected Android applications.

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What Is BlackRock Android Malware And How Does It Work?

BlackRock is a recently discovered Android malware that is based on the leaked source code of the Xeres malware. Unlike other Android malware, BlackRock can collect all sorts of data from mainstream applications like Netflix, Tinder, PayPal, Amazon, Facebook, and many more.

blackrock malware

Once installed on a smartphone, the malware hides from the app drawer which makes it invisible to the users’ eye. The only possible to locate this malware is by going to the huge list of installed applications and services in the settings of Android smartphones. BlackRock randomly asks users for accessibility service privileges. Once the privileges are granted it automatically gives itself access to other important permissions. These permissions help the Malware to function properly.

Once the installation and activation process is completed, the malware starts monitoring the target apps. Whenever, you enter any sensitive information like usernames, passwords, banking application login details, it automatically transfers these details to the hacker’s server.

blackrock apps

In order to fool the end-user, BlackRock pops up a fake overlay and records the data entered by the user.

The Researchers at ThreatFabric in a blog post stated that,

“The second half of 2020 will come with its surprises, after Alien, Eventbot, and BlackRock we can expect that financially motivated threat actors will build new banking Trojans and continue improving the existing ones. With the changes that we expect to be made to mobile banking Trojans, the line between banking malware and spyware becomes thinner, banking malware will pose a threat for more organizations and their infrastructure, an organic change that we observed on windows banking malware years ago.”


How To Protect Your Smartphone From BlackRock Android Malware?

It is worth noting that, the BlackRock Android Malware is presently being redistributed as a fake Google Update on many different third-party app stores. It’s almost impossible for the developer of this Malware to publish this application on the Google Playstore. Consequently, I advise Paidfreedroid readers to download apps and games from Google Playstore only.


Apps Affected By The Malware

Here’s a list of the impacted applications.

App namePackage name
TransferWise Money Transfercom.transferwise.android
PayPal Mobile Cash: Send and Request Money Fastcom.paypal.android.p2pmobile
Payoneer – Global Payments Platform for Businessescom.payoneer.android
NETELLER - fast, secure and global money transferscom.moneybookers.skrillpayments.neteller
EO.Finance: Buy and Sell Bitcoin. Crypto Walletcom.eofinance
Azimo Money Transfercom.azimo.sendmoney
ePayments: wallet & bank cardclientapp.swiftcom.org
Yahoo Mail – Organized Emailcom.yahoo.mobile.client.android.mail
Microsoft Outlook: Organize Your Email & Calendarcom.microsoft.office.outlook
mail.com mailcom.mail.mobile.android.mail
Gmailcom.google.android.gm
Google Play servicescom.google.android.gms
Connect for Hotmail & Outlook: Mail and Calendarcom.connectivityapps.hotmail
Uber - Request a ridecom.ubercab
Netflixcom.netflix.mediaclient
eBay: Buy, sell, and save money on home essentialscom.ebay.mobile
Amazon Sellercom.amazon.sellermobile.android
Amazon Shopping - Search, Find, Ship, and Savecom.amazon.mShop.android.shopping
Skrill - Fast, secure online paymentscom.moneybookers.skrillpayments
Blockchain Wallet. Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereumpiuk.blockchain.android
Bitcoin Wallet Coincheckjp.coincheck.android
Ethos Universal Walletio.ethos.universalwallet
Indodaxid.co.bitcoin
WazirX - Buy Sell Bitcoin & Other Cryptocurrenciescom.wrx.wazirx
Unocoin Walletcom.unocoin.unocoinwallet
Cash Appcom.squareup.cash
Bitcoin Wallet - Buy BTCcom.polehin.android
Plus500: CFD Online Trading on Forex and Stockscom.Plus500
PAYEERcom.payeer
Paxful Bitcoin Walletcom.paxful.wallet
Paribucom.paribu.app
Mycelium Bitcoin Walletcom.mycelium.wallet
EXMO Official - Trading crypto on the exchangecom.exmo
Coinbase – Buy & Sell Bitcoin. Crypto Walletcom.coinbase.android
BtcTurk Bitcoin Borsasıcom.btcturk
BitPay – Secure Bitcoin Walletcom.bitpay.wallet
Aplikacja Bitmarketcom.bitmarket.trader
Bitfinexcom.bitfinex.mobileapp
Binance - Buy & Sell Bitcoin Securelycom.binance.dev
Bitcoin Wallet - Airbitzcom.airbitz
Edge - Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero, Ripple Walletco.edgesecure.app
bitbank - Bitcoin & Ripple Walletcc.bitbank.bitbank
Bank of Scotland Business Mobile Bankinguk.co.bankofscotland.businessbank
Westpac Mobile Bankingorg.westpac.bank
BankSA Mobile Bankingorg.banksa.bank
St.George Tablet Bankingorg.banking.tablet.stgeorge
Mes Comptes BNP Paribasnet.bnpparibas.mescomptes
Santander Mobile Bankingmobile.santander.de
Speedway Fuel & Speedy Rewardscom.speedway.mobile
RBS Investor & Media Relationscom.rbs.mobile.investisir
Ulster Bank RI Mobile Bankingcom.rbs.mobile.android.ubr
RBS Business Bankingcom.rbs.mobile.android.rbsbandc
Royal Bank of Scotland Mobile Bankingcom.rbs.mobile.android.rbs
NatWest Internationalcom.rbs.mobile.android.natwestoffshore
NatWest Business Bankingcom.rbs.mobile.android.natwestbandc
NatWest Mobile Bankingcom.rbs.mobile.android.natwest
RBScom.phyder.engage
Lloyds Bank Business Mobile Bankingcom.lloydsbank.businessmobile
ING-DiBa Banking + Brokeragecom.ing.diba.mbbr2
TSBBank Mobile Bankingcom.ifs.banking.fiid4202
BANKWEST OF KANSAScom.ifs.banking.fiid3767
HSBC Mobile Bankingcom.htsu.hsbcpersonalbanking
Bank of Scotland Mobile Banking: secure on the gocom.grppl.android.shell.BOS
Garanti CepBankcom.garanti.cepbank
TSB Mobilecom.fi6122.godough
Volume Control +com.cb.volumePlus
Barclayscom.barclays.android.barclaysmobilebanking
ANZ Spotcom.anzspot.mobile
-com.anz.SingaporeDigitalBanking
ANZ Mobile Taiwancom.anz.android
Akbank Direkt Şifrecicom.akbank.softotp
Garanti BBVA Cep Şifrematikbiz.mobinex.android.apps.cep_sifrematik
ING España. Banca Móvilwww.ingdirect.nativeframe
BROU Llave Digitaluy.com.brou.token
App Móvil del Banco Repúblicauy.brou
TSB Mobile Bankinguk.co.tsb.newmobilebank
Santander Mobile Bankinguk.co.santander.santanderUK
HSBC UK Mobile Bankinguk.co.hsbc.hsbcukmobilebanking
ŞEKER MOBİL ŞUBEtr.com.sekerbilisim.mbank
HSBC Turkeytr.com.hsbc.hsbcturkey
PeoPaysoftax.pekao.powerpay
Postepayposteitaliane.posteapp.apppostepay
IKOpl.pkobp.iko
Mój Orangepl.orange.mojeorange
mBank PLpl.mbank
Moje ING mobilepl.ing.mojeing
IFIRMA - Darmowy Program do Fakturpl.ifirma.ifirmafaktury
Fakturownia.plpl.fakturownia
Rossmann PLpl.com.rossmann.centauros
Ceneo - zakupy i promocjepl.ceneo
Santander mobilepl.bzwbk.bzwbk24
Allegro - convenient and secure online shoppingpl.allegro
Erste MobilBankpegasus.project.ebh.mobile.android.bundle.mobilebank
Interbank APPpe.com.interbank.mobilebanking
St.George Mobile Bankingorg.stgeorge.bank
Banco Sabadell App. Your mobile banknet.inverline.bancosabadell.officelocator.android
Maybank2u MYmy.com.maybank2u.m2umobile
L'Appli Société Généralemobi.societegenerale.mobile.lappli
Pocket Bankma.gbp.pocketbank
楽天銀行 -個人のお客様向けアプリjp.co.rakuten_bank.rakutenbank
SCRIGNOappit.popso.SCRIGNOapp
UBI Bancait.nogood.container
ING Italiait.ingdirect.app
Banca MPSit.copergmps.rt.pf.android.sp.bmps
BNLit.bnl.apps.banking
MKB Mobilalkalmazáshu.mkb.mobilapp
Erste Business MobilBankhu.cardinal.erste.mobilapp
CIB Business Onlinehu.cardinal.cib.mobilapp
Budapest Bank Mobil Apphu.bb.mobilapp
Bi en Líneagt.com.bi.bienlinea
Mes Comptes - LCLfr.lcl.android.customerarea
Ma Banquefr.creditagricole.androidapp
Banque Populairefr.banquepopulaire.cyberplus
Enpara.com Cep Şubesifinansbank.enpara
HVB Mobile Bankingeu.unicreditgroup.hvbapptan
PekaoBiznes24eu.eleader.mobilebanking.pekao.firm
Pekao24Maklereu.eleader.mobilebanking.pekao
plusbank24eu.eleader.mobilebanking.invest
UnicajaMoviles.univia.unicajamovil
Pibankes.pibank.customers
Openbank – banca móviles.openbank.mobile
Banca Digital Liberbankes.liberbank.cajasturapp
CaixaBankes.lacaixa.mobile.android.newwapicon
Ibercajaes.ibercaja.ibercajaapp
EVO Banco móviles.evobanco.bancamovil
Bankiaes.cm.android
Cajalnetes.ceca.cajalnet
Banco Caixa Geral Españaes.caixageral.caixageralapp
ABANCA- Banca Móviles.caixagalicia.activamovil
Santander Empresases.bancosantander.empresas
tractorpoolde.traktorpool
Postbank Finanzassistentde.postbank.finanzassistent
N26 — The Mobile Bankde.number26.android
mobile.de – Germany‘s largest car marketde.mobile.android.app
ING Banking to gode.ingdiba.bankingapp
VR Banking Classicde.fiducia.smartphone.android.banking.vr
DKB-Bankingde.dkb.portalapp
Consorsbankde.consorsbank
Commerzbank Banking - The app at your sidede.commerzbanking.mobil
comdirect mobile Appde.comdirect.android
Banco Santander Perú S.A.com.zoluxiones.officebanking
Ziraat Mobilecom.ziraat.ziraatmobil
Yapı Kredi Mobilecom.ykb.android
Wells Fargo Mobilecom.wf.wellsfargomobile
VakıfBank Mobil Bankacılıkcom.vakifbank.mobile
-com.uy.itau.appitauuypfcom.usbank.mobilebankingcom.usaa.mobile.android.usaa
Mobile Banking UniCreditcom.unicredit
Halkbank Mobilcom.tmobtech.halkbank
Tide - Smart Mobile Bankingcom.tideplatform.banking
Banca Móvil Laboral Kutxacom.tecnocom.cajalaboral
CEPTETEBcom.teb
TARGOBANK Mobile Bankingcom.targo_prod.bad
SunTrust Mobile Appcom.suntrust.mobilebanking
Sparkasse Ihre mobile Filialecom.starfinanz.smob.android.sfinanzstatus
IDBI Bank GO Mobile+com.snapwork.IDBI
SCB EASYcom.scb.phone
Yono Lite SBI - Mobile Bankingcom.sbi.SBIFreedomPlus
Santander Private Bankingcom.santander.bpi
ruralvíacom.rsi
RBC Mobilecom.rbc.mobile.android
Liquid by Quoineライト版(リキッドバイコイン) -ビットコインなどの仮想通貨取引所com.quoine.quoinex.light
PTTBankcom.pttfinans
İşCep - Mobile Bankingcom.pozitron.iscep
Bill Payment & Recharge,Walletcom.oxigen.oxigenwallet
Paparacom.mobillium.papara
BHIM UPI, Money Transfer, Recharge & Bill Paymentcom.mobikwik_new
Odeabankcom.magiclick.odeabank
YouAppcom.lynxspa.bancopopolare
Intesa Sanpaolo Mobilecom.latuabancaperandroid
Kuveyt Türkcom.kuveytturk.mobil
Kutxabankcom.kutxabank.android
KMAcom.krungsri.kma
Capital One® Mobilecom.konylabs.capitalone
K PLUScom.kasikorn.retail.mbanking.wap
ING Francecom.IngDirectAndroid
ING Mobilcom.ingbanktr.ingmobil
Bank of America Mobile Bankingcom.infonow.bofa
Triodos Bank. Banca Móvilcom.indra.itecban.triodosbank.mobile.banking
NBapp Spaincom.indra.itecban.mobile.novobanco
imaginBank - Your mobile bankcom.imaginbank.app
בנק הפועלים - ניהול החשבון‎com.ideomobile.hapoalim
Grupo Cajamarcom.grupocajamar.wefferent
Halifax: the banking app that gives you extracom.grppl.android.shell.halifax
Lloyds Bank Mobile Banking: by your sidecom.grppl.android.shell.CMBlloydsTSB73
ビットコイン・暗号資産(仮想通貨)ウォレットアプリ GMOコイン|チャート・購入・レバレッジ取引com.gmowallet.mobilewallet
Garanti BBVA Mobilecom.garanti.cepsubesi
CA24 Mobilecom.finanteq.finance.ca
Empik Fotocom.empik.empikfoto
Empikcom.empik.empikapp
Discover Mobilecom.discoverfinancial.mobile
MobilDenizcom.denizbank.mobildeniz
Deutsche Bank Mobilecom.db.pwcc.dbmobile
Mi Banco dbcom.db.pbc.mibanco
La Mia Bancacom.db.pbc.miabanca
norisbank Appcom.db.mm.norisbank
iMobile by ICICI Bankcom.csam.icici.bank.imobile
CommBankcom.commbank.netbank
Crédit Mutuelcom.cm_prod.bad
Fifth Third Mobile Bankingcom.clairmail.fth
CIMB Clicks Malaysiacom.cimbmalaysia
CIBC Mobile Banking®com.cibc.android.mobi
Chase Mobilecom.chase.sig.android
Cajasurcom.cajasur.android
Banquecom.caisseepargne.android.mobilebanking
Boursorama Banquecom.boursorama.android.clients
BMO Mobile Bankingcom.bmo.mobile
Banca Móvil BCPcom.bcp.bank.bcp
BBVA Perúcom.bbva.nxt_peru
BBVA Net Cash | ES & PTcom.bbva.netcash
BBVA Spaincom.bbva.bbvacontigo
Bankinter Móvilcom.bankinter.launcher
Bankinter Empresascom.bankinter.empresas
myAT&Tcom.att.myWireless
AmOnlinecom.ambank.ambankonline
Albaraka Mobile Bankingcom.albarakaapp
Akbankcom.akbank.android.apps.akbank_direkt
OTP SmartBankcom.aff.otpdirekt
ABN AMRO Mobiel Bankierencom.abnamro.nl.mobile.payments
ABANCA Empresascom.abanca.bancaempresas
Invoice Maker: Estimate & Invoice Appcom.aadhk.woinvoice
AutoScout24 Switzerland – Find your new carch.autoscout24.autoscout24
NAB Mobile Bankingau.com.nab.mobile
ING Australia Bankingau.com.ingdirect.android
WiZink, tu banco senZilloapp.wizink.es
Usługi Bankowealior.bankingapp.android
QNB Finansbank Mobile Bankingcom.finansbank.mobile.cepsube

Credit Card Theft Target List

The actual BlackRock target list used for credit card theft contains 111 applications:

App namePackage name
Telegramorg.telegram.messenger
Viber Messenger - Messages, Group Chats & Callscom.viber.voip
WhatsApp Messengercom.whatsapp
WhatsApp Businesscom.whatsapp.w4b
Twittercom.twitter.android
Twitter Litecom.twitter.android.lite
Snapchatcom.snapchat.android
Skype - free IM & video callscom.skype.raider
Skype Lite - Free Video Call & Chatcom.skype.m2
Skype for Business for Androidcom.microsoft.office.lync15
Instagramcom.instagram.android
imo free video calls and chatcom.imo.android.imoim
imo beta free calls and textcom.imo.android.imoimbeta
imo HD-Free Video Calls and Chatscom.imo.android.imoimhd
Messenger – Text and Video Chat for Freecom.facebook.orca
Facebookcom.facebook.katana
Messenger Lite: Free Calls & Messagescom.facebook.mlite
Facebook Litecom.facebook.lite
Play Storecom.android.vending
YouTubecom.google.android.youtube
PlayStation Messages - Check your online friendscom.playstation.mobilemessenger
Uplive - Live Video Streaming Appcom.asiainno.uplive
Fiesta by Tango - Find, Meet and Make New Friendscom.sgiggle.mango
Hoop - New friends on Snapchatcom.dazz.hoop
LivU: Meet new people & Video chat with strangerscom.videochat.livu
MICO Chat: Make New Friends & Live Chatcom.mico
Crowdfire: Social Media Managercom.justunfollow.android
SKOUT - Meet, Chat, Go Livecom.skout.android
LP: Live Stream Video Dating & Chatru.loveplanet.app
Surge: Gay Dating & Chatcom.lavendrapp.lavendr
LOVELY – Your Dating App To Meet Singles Nearbycom.pinkapp
VK — live chatting & free callscom.vkontakte.android
Amberfog for VKcom.amberfog.vkfree
V LIVEcom.naver.vapp
We Heart Itcom.weheartit
Video Chat W-Match : Dating App, Meet & Video Chatcom.waplogmatch.social
Redditcom.reddit.frontpage
Tango - Live Video Broadcastscom.sgiggle.production
JAUMO Dating – Flirt With Local Singlescom.jaumo
Free Datingcom.mobile.android.eris
Topface - Dating Meeting Chatcom.topface.topface
DISCO 🏳️‍🌈 Gay Dating & Gay Chat for Homosexualscom.jaumo.gay
Mail.Ru Datingru.mail.love
Airtripp:Free Foreign Chatcom.taptrip
Amino Anime Russian аниме и мангаcom.narvii.amino.x156542274
Bigo Live - Live Stream, Live Video & Live Chatsg.bigo.live
BIGO LIVE Lite – Live Streamsg.bigo.live.lite
Waplog - Dating App to Chat & Meet New Peoplecom.waplog.social
SPICY 🌶 Lesbian Chat & Datingcom.jaumo.lesbian
VK Livecom.vk.stream
Periscope - Live Videotv.periscope.android
Hornet - Gay Social Networkcom.hornet.android
My World. Movies. Gamesru.mail.my
Tumblrcom.tumblr
Badoo — Dating App to Chat, Date & Meet New Peoplecom.badoo.mobile
BLOOM — Premium Dating & Find Real Lovecom.jaumo.prime
IGTVcom.instagram.igtv
Ночной ВКcom.amberfog.reader
Galaxy - Chat Rooms: Meet New People Online & Dateru.mobstudio.andgalaxy
Amino: Communities and Chatscom.narvii.amino.master
ASKfm - Ask Me Anonymous Questionscom.askfm
Kate Mobile for VKcom.perm.kate_new_6
F3 - Make new friends, Anonymous questions, Chatcool.f3
All social media and social networks in one appcom.web_view_mohammed.ad.webview_app
Анонимный чат NektoMecom.nektome.talk
Pinterestcom.pinterest
Get new friends on local chat roomsdrug.vokrug
OKru.ok.android
Mamba - Online Dating App: Find 1000s of Singleru.mamba.client
Google Play Books - Ebooks, Audiobooks, and Comicscom.google.android.apps.books
Google Play Musiccom.google.android.music
Google Play Movies & TVcom.google.android.videos
Hangoutscom.google.android.talk
Google Pay: Pay with your phone and send cashcom.google.android.apps.walletnfcrel
Catfiz Messengercom.catfiz
Tabor - Знакомстваru.tabor.search
Video Downloader for TikTok - TikMatetikmate.tiktokvideodownloader.savetiktokvideo.nowatermark
TikTok - Make Your Daycom.zhiliaoapp.musically
TikTok Litecom.zhiliaoapp.musically.go
WeChatcom.tencent.mm
ClonApp - Dual Messenger for WhatsApp Story Savercom.bluesoft.clonappmessenger
Glide - Video Chat Messengercom.glidetalk.glideapp
Telegram Xorg.thunderdog.challegram
KakaoTalk: Free Calls & Textcom.kakao.talk
SOMA free video call and chatcom.instanza.baba
BiP – Messaging, Voice and Video Callingcom.turkcell.bip
Vidogramorg.vidogram.messenger
BGramorg.telegram.BifToGram
Graph Messengerir.ilmili.telegraph
Kikkik.android
Messenger Messenger Messengermessenger.pro.messenger
free video calls and chatru.mail
Faster for Facebookcom.nbapstudio.facebooklite
Messengercom.aleskovacic.messenger
Pinngle Safe Messenger: Free Calls & Video Chatcom.beint.pinngle
Social Messenger: Free Mobile Calling, Live Chatscom.messagingnew.allinone
ICQ New: Instant Messenger & Group Video Callscom.icq.mobile.client
Plus Messengerorg.telegram.plus
TamTam Messenger - free chats & video callsru.ok.messages
Cococom.instanza.cocovoice
Messengermessenger.social.chat.apps
Fast for Facebook & Messengercom.messenger.superiorstudio
Azarcom.azarlive.android
Bermuda Video Chat - Meet New Peoplevixr.bermuda
Fachat: Video Chat with New People Onlinecom.fachat.freechat
MeetMe: Chat & Meet New Peoplecom.myyearbook.m
OK Live - video livestreamsru.ok.live
Tindercom.tinder
Tumile - Meet new people via free video chatcom.rcplatform.livechat
Blued - LIVE Gay Dating, Chat & Video Call to Guyscom.blued.international
Grindr - Gay chatcom.grindrapp.android

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