Some apps on Google Play Store contain dangerous malware and shockingly millions of people have downloaded them. Know what you need to do.
A month ago, cybersecurity researchers discovered extremely dangerous adware and malicious data-stealing apps on the Google Play Store. And surprisingly, at least five of them are still available on the Play Store. It has now been reported that these apps have managed to garner over two million downloads. What’s more worrying is that spyware apps can also steal data from other apps, Bleeping Computer reveals. In fact, an antivirus report by Dr. Web revealed that adware apps and data-stealing Trojans were among the biggest threats to Android phones in May 2022. Know all the details about these treacherous Android rogue apps and what what you need to do about it.
How does this Android malware work?
This Google Play Store adware malware can bring unwanted advertisements on your Android smartphones which can generally be intrusive, drain battery, generate more heat, spoil user experience and even cause unauthorized financial transactions. What’s worse is that this Android malware tries to hide itself by pretending to be something else that can host devices and earns money from remote operators by forcing user to tap on affiliate advertisements . Read also: Hackers have found a SECRET trick to access your iPhone even off!
Data-stealing malware is also very dangerous as it can steal login credentials of websites you frequently log into, including social networks and online banking accounts! Also read: This new malicious malware for Android steals passwords! Know how to protect your phone from this banking Trojan
Do you have these rogue Android apps on your phone?
The report mentions the threats to your Android devices. Among many others, here are the 5 known malicious Android apps on the Google Play Store that are still available:
- PIP Pic Camera Photo Editor: It has managed to surpass more than 1 million downloads. The malware hides in image editing software that steals Facebook account login information.
- Wild & Exotic Animal Wallpaper: This is disguised adware that changes its icon and name to “SIM Tool Kit” and adds itself to the list of battery saving exceptions. It has crossed over 500,000 downloads.
- Zodi Horoscope – Fortune Finder: This is another malware that steals Facebook account credentials. This also has over 500,000 downloads.
- PIP Camera 2022: Facebook account hacking malware that has 50,000 downloads. It is a camera effects app.
- Magnifier Flashlight: This is an advertising application that offers static video and banner ads. It got 10,000 downloads.
The Bleeping Computer report asks users to beware of these and other similar apps that pose a risk to your data and privacy. Users who have installed these apps on their Android device should remove them immediately and run a full virus scan to root out the remnants of the malware.