Hackers have cracked the stoic, supposedly fortress-like facade of Google’s Android mobile operating system.
And they’re hitting users where it hurts.
The Hong Kong Economic Times reports that an increasing number of Android users have complained that their credit cards have been illegally used to make online purchases.
In one instance, one victim lost HK$6,000 after his card was used eight times without his knowledge, the report said.
This sort of crime is difficult to track because any such attempt would require layers of verification by Google and the concerned banks to ascertain that the transactions in question were not made by the rightful cardholders, the report said, citing network security experts.
Gamers and app users who have downloaded apps from unofficial channels are most prone to credit card theft, sources said.
Google has been unable to provide the number of users seeking help with regards to card theft but has asked users to immediately report any suspicious account activity or unauthorized transactions.
Apps downloaded from unofficial channels might contain malware that can steal the user’s Google Play account information including credit card details, according to Lee Ho-yin of Online security firm Trend Micro Hong Kong.
Leung Shiu-cheung, a senior consultant of the Hong Kong Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center said users should not store credit card details in their online accounts.
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