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Vultur Makes a Nasty Comeback: Upgraded Android Banking Trojan on the Prowl


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The Android banking landscape is facing a familiar foe with a renewed bite. Vultur, a notorious Android banking trojan, has resurfaced with a suite of new features, raising concerns for mobile security enthusiasts.

This revamped malware poses a significant threat to user data and financial well-being. Let’s delve into the details of Vultur’s return, explore its capabilities, and equip ourselves with the knowledge to stay protected.

Vultur 2.0: Enhanced Stealth and Control

First reported in early 2021, Vultur leveraged Android’s accessibility features to execute malicious actions. This new iteration of Vultur takes things a step further. Researchers at NCC Group report that Vultur now boasts:

  • Enhanced Encryption: Vultur’s communication with its command and control (C2) server is now encrypted, making it more difficult for security researchers to track and analyze its activities.
  • Multi-Layered Payload Delivery: Downloaded payloads are decrypted on the fly, adding another layer of obfuscation to evade detection.
  • Masquerading Techniques: Vultur disguises its malicious activity by mimicking legitimate applications, further complicating identification.

These upgrades highlight the evolving tactics of cybercriminals who continuously refine their malware to bypass security measures.

10 Actionable Steps to Fortify Your Android Defense

While Vultur poses a significant threat, there are steps you can take to safeguard your device:

  1. Prioritize App Permissions: Only grant apps the permissions they absolutely need to function.
  2. Download Apps Only from Trusted Sources: Stick to official app stores like Google Play Store and avoid downloading apps from unknown sources.
  3. Scrutinize App Reviews and Ratings: Read user reviews and ratings before installing an app.
  4. Keep Your Device and Apps Updated: Promptly install security updates for your Android operating system and all your apps.
  5. Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Use MFA wherever available to add an extra layer of login security for your online accounts.
  6. Employ a Reputable Mobile Security Solution: Consider using a reputable mobile security solution to provide real-time protection against malware and other threats.
  7. Beware of Phishing Attempts: Don’t click on suspicious links or open attachments from unknown senders, even if they appear to be from legitimate sources.
  8. Be Cautious with Free Wi-Fi Networks: Avoid using sensitive apps or accessing financial information on unsecured public Wi-Fi networks.
  9. Regular Backups: Maintain regular backups of your data to minimize potential losses in case of a malware attack.
  10. Stay Informed: Stay updated on the latest cybersecurity threats and best practices to maintain a strong defense against evolving malware.


Vultur’s return underscores the importance of vigilance in the fight against mobile malware. By following these security best practices and being cautious about online activities, you can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to this or similar banking trojans. Remember, a proactive approach to cybersecurity is key to protecting your sensitive information and ensuring a secure mobile experience.

Ouaissou DEMBELE
Ouaissou DEMBELEhttps://cybercory.com
Ouaissou DEMBELE is an accomplished cybersecurity professional and the Editor-In-Chief of cybercory.com. He has over 10 years of experience in the field, with a particular focus on Ethical Hacking, Data Security & GRC. Currently, Ouaissou serves as the Co-founder & Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Saintynet, a leading provider of IT solutions and services. In this role, he is responsible for managing the company's cybersecurity strategy, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations, and identifying and mitigating potential threats, as well as helping the company customers for better & long term cybersecurity strategy. Prior to his work at Saintynet, Ouaissou held various positions in the IT industry, including as a consultant. He has also served as a speaker and trainer at industry conferences and events, sharing his expertise and insights with fellow professionals. Ouaissou holds a number of certifications in cybersecurity, including the Cisco Certified Network Professional - Security (CCNP Security) and the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), ITIL. With his wealth of experience and knowledge, Ouaissou is a valuable member of the cybercory team and a trusted advisor to clients seeking to enhance their cybersecurity posture.


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