For five months, Check Point mobile threat researchers had unprecedented access to the inner-workings of Yingmob, a group of Chinese cyber criminals behind the HummingBad malware campaign. HummingBad is a malware Check Point discovered in February 2016 that establishes a persistent rootkit on Android devices, generates fraudulent ad revenue, and installs additional fraudulent apps.

Yingmob runs alongside a legitimate Chinese advertising analytics company, sharing its resources and technology. The group is highly organized with 25 employees that staff four separate groups responsible for developing HummingBad’s malicious components.

Download the report “From HummingBad to Worse” to learn more about the research team’s findings.

Other research firms have associated Yingmob with an iOS malware called Yispecter, but the evidence Check Point researchers found confirms the same group is also behind HummingBad:

  • Yispecter uses Yingmob’s enterprise certificates to install itself on devices
  • HummingBad and Yispecter share C&C server addresses
  • HummingBad repositories contain QVOD documentation, an iOS porn player targeted by Yispecter
  • Both install fraudulent apps to gain revenue

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