When it comes to the security of our personal devices, cellphones drop down to the bottom of the list almost at any time. We trust developers and app stores like Google Play to even assume that there may be dangerous concealments on the platform that we are familiar with.
Lukas Stefanko, a security researcher from ESET, found 13 applications with malware disguised as a game on the Play Store which was downloaded by more than 560,000 people before Google dropped it. All of these applications come from the same developer named Luiz Pinto.
Stefanko detailed his findings in a tweet, mentioning that two of the applications suspected of being trending, made it more visible to potential downloaders and that this application appeared to be broken, crashing every time they opened but did not have legitimate functions to start.
Don't install this application from Google Play – this is malware.
– all 560,000+ installations
– after launch, hide the icon itself
-download additional APKs and make users install them (not available now)
-2 application #Trending
– there is no legitimate function
– Lukas Stefanko (@LukasStefanko) November 19, 2018
According to reports by Tech Crunch, what this application actually does is download content from another domain in Istanbul, install malware, then delete the application icon so that there is no follow-up. The purpose of this malicious application is not clear, it's just that they have full access to mobile network traffic, remember it multiple malware scanners have different classifications for what they detect.
Scott Westover, a Google spokesman, confirmed that the application "violates our policies and has been removed from the Play Store."
Just last year, Google had to be interesting than 700,000 malicious applications from his shop. Recent intrusions will only serve as a reminder that there is more that Google can do to improve its security on the platform and that Android users must be more careful about what they download from the Google Play Store.
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