Android spyware spreading as antivirus software in Japan

A new variant of the Android info-stealer called FakeCop has been spotted by Japanese security researchers, who warn that the distribution of the malicious APK is picking up pace.

First spotted by Japanese security researcher Yusuke Osumi last week, the malware is being distributed in phishing campaigns impersonating KDDI.

Furthermore, the malware is only detected by 22 out of 62 AV engines on VirusTotal, showing a concerted effort by the threat actor to remain hidden.