SIDEWINDER TARGETED ATTACK AGAINST ANDROID IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF AD LIBRARIES
Although little malware has been found in Google Play, both Android apps and the Android system itself contain vulnerabilities. Aggressive ad libraries also leak the user’s private information. By leveraging all these vulnerabilities, an attacker can conduct more targeted attacks, which we call “Sidewinder Targeted Attacks.”
This research provides a look into how the Sidewinder Targeted Attack allows threat actors to take over Android devices to track location, take photos, send texts, and more via the ads libraries Android apps are built on.