November 28, 2018 – 19.26
More than half a million Android users downloaded infected apps from Google Play. Although they are no longer online, the ones who installed them gave hackers extensive permissions to retrieve data from mobile phones.
Google Play, the official Android download site, was a tool to install viruses using management simulation apps, and although 13 videos downloaded more than 560,000 times are no longer online, those who installed them gave hackers widespread permission get data from mobile phones.
Those who installed these infected apps should change the security features of their phone services and social networks.
Lucas Stefanko, a Slovak security firm based in Eset, said on his Twitter account that apps, when downloaded and installed, hid the device icon to tell the user that the download was unsuccessful.
Do not install these apps on Google Play – this is a malware.
– all together – 560 000 + installs
-After launching, hide the icon for yourself
– Download additional APK and allow the user to install it (now unavailable)
-2 apps and #Trending
– there is no legal functionality
– announced pic.twitter.com/1WDqrCPWFo
– Luke Stefanco (@ LucasStefanko) November 19, 2018
In fact, there was no error in the process, but the virus secretly inserted other files in the device with the APK extension used by Android phones and tablets.
Infected video game titles are:
- Cargo Truck Simulator
- Extreme Sport Auto Driving
- Extreme car ride
- Extreme car driving city
- Fire fighting combat simulator
- Moto Cross Extreme Racing
- Luxury Cars SUV Traffic
- City traffic motorcycles
- Hyper car driving
- Car Driver Simulator
- SUV 4×4 ride
- Luxury Car Parking
- SUV City Climb Parking.
The law that cyber criminals make data from these 13 applications, two of which were "prone", that is, the most downloaded from the Google repository, are still unknown.
Google spokesman Scott Westover claims to the press that "apps have violated our policies and have been removed from the Play Store."
According to the Techcrunch website, last year alone, more than 700,000 malware-infected applications were removed from the official download site for computers running the Android operating system.