Half a million Android users downloaded a dangerous virus using games from Google Play

Experts in cyber security to be found in the Google Play 13 fraudulent applications. They were all disguised as the original program. All users have downloaded these apps more than 560 thousand times, writes an employee of the company ESET Lucas Stefanko on Twitter.

Don’t install these apps from Google Play — it’s malware.Details:-13 apps-all together 560,000+ installs -after launch, hide the icon itself-downloads additional APK and makes the user install it (unavailable now)-2 apps are #Trending-no legitimate functionality-reported pic.twitter.com/1WDqrCPWFo — Lukas Stefanko (@LukasStefanko) 19 Listopad 2018 R.

All malicious applications-games have been published to the store on behalf of the developer O Luis Pinto. Immediately after installing the program, deleted its icon from the screen and started a download of another app in the background.

The second program disguised as a Game Center, who immediately asked for permission for full network access and startup when you turn on the smartphone. After approval by the user, the Trojan is started is when you unlock the phone screen.

The journalists of the Bleeping Computer said that the Google Play moderators didn’t delete applications even after users have left a lot of feedback about fake. The situation changed only after experts released information about malicious programs.

Recall that in 2013 has already happened a similar story. Then in Google Play a virus that has infected more than 2 million Android-devices. In particular, it was discovered malware disguised as 34 advertising, news, and gaming applications.

As reported, in 99.9% of cases, attacks on mobile phones and tablets are exposed to the device on the Android system. About it, summing up the results of the third quarter, reported the press service of “Kaspersky Lab”.

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