TeaBot Trojan Resurfaces into Google Play Store

Once more, the banking trojan dubbed TeaBot was discovered in the Google Play Store, this time disguised as a QR code app that spread to over 10,000 devices.

This is a gimmick that the malware operators used in January, and despite Google’s removal of these entries, TeaBot appears to have made it into the official Android app store once again.

As per a report from Cleafy, a company that helps banks and financial institutions scale up their fight against online fraud, these applications are acting as droppers.

Furthermore, the trojanized apps include the promised functionality, resulting in positive user reviews on the Play Store.


As explained by BleepingComputer, following its installation, the application asks for an update via a popup message, but contrasting with the usual procedure imposed by the Play Store rules, the update is fetched from an external source.

The download source was traced back to two GitHub repositories belonging to the same user (feleanicusor), which contained numerous TeaBot samples, uploaded on February 17, 2022.


How Does It Work?

When the victim approves the installation of an update from an untrusted source, the TeaBot banking trojan is installed on their device as a new

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