If you use your Android mobile for banking in India, this warning is for you

The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), the country’s cyber security agency, is warning anyone using their smartphone for banking. In an advisory, CERT-In said a new mobile banking “trojan” virus, SOVA, which can secretly encrypt an Android phone for ransom and is difficult to uninstall, is targeting Indian customers.

The virus has the ability to collect usernames and passwords via keylogging, steal cookies and add fake overlays to a number of apps. The hackers who spread this virus used to focus on countries like the US, Russia, and Spain, but in July 2022, they added several other countries, including India, to their list of targets.