Stories in this blog’s Breadcrumbs series
have sought to comb through clues that point to the possible location and identities of malware authors and purveyors. But from time to time those clues lead definitively back to an individual. In today’s post, we’ll talk with the author of the Pincer Trojan for Android
— a 32-year-old programmer at a mobile app development firm in Russia.
In April, Finnish security firm F-Secure first warned
, which comes disguised as a security certificate and is designed to surreptitiously intercept and forward text messages. As F-Secure notes, previous malicious mobile apps pretending to be certificates have been mobile components of banking Trojans aimed at defeating two-factor authentication.