Here are some of the most dangerous apps from the Play Store those are downloaded 470,000 times masquerading as performance-optimizing tool. In reality they have fraudulent access to users’ Google and Facebook account. This information is released by a Japanese company specialized in social security.
These android apps mostly based as memory optimization tools,Fake Vpn, etc. The firm has indeed published a post to report malware targeting Android users from the Play Store. The strategy applied here is quite pernicious. The malware in fact hides in applications with names such as “Speed Clean” or “Super Clean”.
Here are these 9 apps
|App Name||Package||No. of Installs|
|Shoot Clean-Junk Cleaner,Phone Booster,CPU Cooler||com.boost.cpu.shootcleaner||10,000+|
|Super Clean Lite- Booster, Clean&CPU Cooler||com.boost.superclean.cpucool.lite||50,000+|
|Super Clean-Phone Booster,Junk Cleaner&CPU Cooler||com.booster.supercleaner||100,000+|
|Quick Games-H5 Game Center||com.h5games.center.quickgames||100,000+|
|Rocket Cleaner Lite||com.party.rocketcleaner.lite||10,000+|
|Speed Clean-Phone Booster,Junk Cleaner&App Manager||com.party.speedclean||100,000+|
As an alternative of finishing up this activity, the purposes involved will as a substitute go to obtain as much as 3000 variants of malware on contaminated smartphones and, due to this, they are going to be capable of entry the Google and Fb accounts of the victims to conduct fraudulent promoting practices. The false cleansing instruments will, amongst different issues, show commercials from respectable platforms akin to Google AdMob or Fb Viewers Community after which simulate clicks on the commercials.
Pretend apps additionally immediate customers to present them permissions whereas disabling Play Shield, the safety program within the Google Play Retailer. This permits them to obtain increasingly more fraudulent software program with out being noticed.
Here is the screenshot showing a few of these apps.
Trend Micro added: “Based on our analysis, the 3,000 malware variants or malicious payloads that can be possibly downloaded to an affected device with this campaign pretend to be system applications that do not show app icons on the device launcher or application list.
“The cyber criminals behind this campaign can use the affected device to post fake positive reviews in favor of the malicious apps, as well as perform multiple ad fraud techniques by clicking on the ads that pop up.”
However, based on the findings, Trend Micro is urging users to be diligent about which apps they download to their smartphones.
It added: “Fraudsters attempt to deceive users by making malicious apps look genuine, so users should do their due diligence before downloading any mobile app.”