Viber is one of the most popular messaging applications, and likewise WhatsApp, is targeted by hackers, who tick users to download malware into their devices. Symantec has discovered a new type of malware that could allow hackers to steal photos and video, after users have installed Beaver Gang Counter, a application that claims whose role is to score-keep for a card game. Apparently, the application has an embedded code that digs through Viber users’ media files and sends them to a remote server.
Beaver Gang Counter is an application that was hosted on the Google Play store for a while, but nobody knew that the developers behind it had in mind to use it to steal images and videos from Viber users. “Mobile devices connect us to the world, storing our most personal and valuable information in digital form. However, this freedom complicates our security, and in fact mobile apps may present significant challenges to protecting our privacy. It might surprise you to learn that most threats to sensitive information on mobile devices are hidden in plain sight — in apps,” said Ritesh Chopra, Country Manager, India, Norton by Symantec, the company that has discovered the malware disguised as a score-keeping app for a card game.
The application was immediately removed from the Google Play store, but Symantec has advised users to update their anti-virus programs, because hackers keep inventing new malware to reach their dirty goals.
Viber is rarely updated, and the latest version for Android is 188.8.131.529. It doesn’t have a changelog, so we don’t know what changes have been made to it. The application has in total over 300 million users, although it offers more features than WhatsApp, which is preparing to introduce the video calling feature. Viber had this feature ever since it was released on December 2, 2010.