Threat Analysis of Fake Virus Alerts Using WebView Monitor

Yuta Imamura, Rintaro Orito, Kritsana Chaikaew, Celia Manardo, Pattara Leelaprute, Masaya Sato, Toshihiro Yamauchi

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Abstract

As mobile devices have become more popular, mobile web browsing has surpassed desktop browser use and the number of mobile malware cases has increased. The methods of infiltrating Android devices with malware include malvertising and scams. Android users can access websites via web browsers and Android apps using WebView, which displays web content inside an app without redirecting users to web browsers. However, WebView is vulnerable to cyberattacks and the security mechanisms are not sufficient to prevent all attacks. In this study, to analyze web access threats via WebView, we investigated web access to malicious websites against Android mobile devices. In particular, we focused on fake virus alerts. To monitor web access for threat analysis, we improved the WebView Monitor [1] to capture all web access via Android WebView. In particular, we analyzed the mechanism of displaying a fake virus alert while browsing websites on Android.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 7th International Symposium on Computing and Networking, CANDAR 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages28-36
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781728147253
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019
Event7th International Symposium on Computing and Networking, CANDAR 2019 - Nagasaki, Japan
Duration: Nov 26 2019Nov 29 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2019 7th International Symposium on Computing and Networking, CANDAR 2019

Conference

Conference7th International Symposium on Computing and Networking, CANDAR 2019
CountryJapan
CityNagasaki
Period11/26/1911/29/19

Keywords

  • Android
  • Fake Virus Alert
  • Threat Analysis
  • Web Access Monitoring
  • Web Security
  • WebView

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Signal Processing

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    Imamura, Y., Orito, R., Chaikaew, K., Manardo, C., Leelaprute, P., Sato, M., & Yamauchi, T. (2019). Threat Analysis of Fake Virus Alerts Using WebView Monitor. In Proceedings - 2019 7th International Symposium on Computing and Networking, CANDAR 2019 (pp. 28-36). [8958361] (Proceedings - 2019 7th International Symposium on Computing and Networking, CANDAR 2019). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/CANDAR.2019.00012