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This Android malware family saw more than two million installs via Google Play

By Liu Hongzuo - on 6 Dec 2022, 1:37pm

This Android malware family saw more than two million installs via Google Play

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Android malware is a cat-and-mouse game, with new threats appearing every so often and affecting millions of devices – all without their users knowing.

Android antivirus firm Dr.Web published its latest Android malware findings about the resurfaced Android.Spy.4498 family of trojans, alongside other types of malware capable of installing unwanted programmes, serving intrusive ads, and stealing data. The stats published are for the months of September and October 2022.

Credit: Dr.Web.

More crucially, these pieces of malware are disguised as legitimate apps on the Google Play Store. While they’ve been removed as of writing, these apps saw more than two million downloads combined. For example:

  • TubeBox (one million++ downloads) contained Program.FakeMoney.3, a fraudulent app that promise users money after interacting with ads
  • Bluetooth device auto connect (one million++ downloads) had Adware.FireAd.2, which serves unwanted ads in your phone’s browser
  • Bluetooth & Wi-Fi & USB driver (500,000+ downloads) had the same Adware.FireAd.2

For a full list of apps affected, check out the Dr.Web report here.

Source: Dr.Web via BleepingComputer

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