Tarun Gupta

Accessibility Clickjacking : Your Android Device May Have Infected

Tarun Gupta | Mar 5th, 2016 | Web Development Resources
Accessibility Clickjacking

The news might send cold shivers both to the mobile app developers and smartphone users, specially Android users. A malware scare is set to becoming the most terrifying threat to almost half a billion Android devices globally.

Mobile security company Skycure has reveled the emerging threat of a new form of malware called accessibility clickjacking that puts a vast majority of Android device users at risk. According to the reports, it is one of the more ingenious methods of intrusion into someone’s phone.

What is Accessibility Clickjacking?

In Clickjacking, users are being tricked into clicking on an element that might not actually appear on the screen or may be an element that is different than the one the victim believes to be clicking on. The technique works around the ability of malicious websites to load cool looking webpages with an invisible overlay from possibly attacked website. So far, major platforms and service have been attacked by this malware. Facebook, Twitter and Flash are a few.

How Clickjacking Impacts?

When Accessibility Clickjacking attacks, it allows malicious applications to access all text-based sensitive information stored on an infected Android device. The malware also executes a number automated actions via other apps without letting the users know this. It gets unauthorized control of personal and work emails, SMS messages, data from messaging apps, sensitive data on business applications such as CRM software, marketing automation software and more.

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How To Prevent Clickjacking?

The Accessibility Clickjacking threat could cause collateral damage to your Android device mobile apps. However, you may restrict the attack by following a simple guidelines pointed below:

  • If you're using older version of Android, update it to the latest one asap.
  • Avoid clicking any suspicious dialog boxes pooping up on your phone.
  • Do not install apps downloaded from third party app stores, unless trusted.

Your Android device may have contained tons of crucial and important data that you wouldn't like to lose. So, all I will suggest you to keep your android device protected with an authentic malware protection or anti-virus app.

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Rahul Joshi Says:

Unless you’re upgraded to Lollipop or above, you could potentially be a victim of accessibility clickjacking in the future….

Sharad Sharma Says:

All this malware nonsense could be so easily avoided. All that Google would have to do is throw some pocket change at BlackBerry and buy BB10.Then adopt it as the new andoid os. Sorted!

Syal NI Says:

Doesn’t change the way that is impacts around half of the aggregate Android client base. This is yet another sample of why Android isn’t great on the off chance that you anticipate using a device for over a year.