Android Malware stealing user information (Oct 14, 2011)


SonicWALL UTM Research team received reports of a new AndroidOS malware Neflic masquerading as Netflix application that steals information from the user and sends it to a remote server. The server has been taken down at the time of writing this alert.

The malware author, in this case, took advantage of the popularity of Netflix mobile application and lack of availability across all Android OS versions. The malicious application looks very similar to the official Netflix Android application and steals user’s account information before self destroying itself. Below are the screenshots of the malicious Application in action:

Installation Screen


Login Screen comparision – Fake (on left) & Real (on right)


Once the user enters the login credentials, it will send the information to a remote server and generate a fake “Your Android TV is not supported” prompt as seen below:


Code snippet showing the malicious server (offline now) where the stolen information was being logged:


SonicWALL Gateway AntiVirus provides protection against this threat via the following signature:

  • GAV: AndroidOS.neflic (Trojan)
  • GAV: AndroidOS.neflic_2 (Trojan)
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