Dec 30th, 2014

the interview malware

The following issue we’re about to touch on might not have much of a chance to affect any of you, but it’s worth putting it out there anyway: there’s an app floating around posing as a suitable way to download The Interview (that’s if suitable and illegal are synonyms in your own personal dictionary, anyway). Quips and discussion about morality aside, the story here is that this app doesn’t download The Interview at all.

It’s a malware downloader that seeks to pull banking information from folks’ phones to be stored on a database somewhere in China. The app, outed by Mcafee in their latest malware report, goes by the name of Badaccents and what it actually downloads is a backdoor trojan for the culprit to gain access to bankers of many South Korean establishments, as well as Citi International Bank.

One eye-popping revelation of this report is that the malware actually fails if it’s downloaded onto a device originating from North Korean manufacturers Samjiyon and Arirang. Coincidence? The latest antics of Kim Jong-Un’s cyber team?

Not so fast — Mcafee security expert Irfan Asrar reports to security blogger Graham Cluley that the code is likely in place because it’s not meant to target North Korean citizens in the first place (though we’ve never heard of a malware coder going out of their way to keep an entire market of folks out of harm’s way). He says the motive may have been more logistical than political, as it would save the bandits behind the malware precious bandwidth.

Whatever the case may be, don’t download apps promising to load up a copy of 2014’s controversial film The Interview on your phone — it’s actually malware, and it could potentially cost you more money than if you were to simply rent a 24 hour viewing over at Google Play.

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