November 28, 2018 – 19:26
More than half a million Android users have downloaded infected apps from Google Play. Although they are no longer online, those who installed them gave hackers extensive permissions to extract data from mobile phones.
Google Play, the official Android download site, was a tool to install viruses using management simulation applications, and although 13 video games downloaded over 560,000 times are no longer online, those who installed them gave them hackers extensive permission to extract from mobile phones.
Those who installed these infected applications should change the security keys of the services and social networks present on their phones.
Lucas Stefanko, a researcher at the Slovak security company Eset, told in his Twitter account that the applications downloaded and installed hid their icon on the device so that the user was told that the download failed.
Do not install these applications from Google Play – this is malware.
– all together 560 000+ sets
– after launch, hide icon
– downloads an additional APK and allows the user to install it (not available now)
-2 applications #trending
-on legal functionality
– Lucas Stefanko (@LukasStefanko) November 19, 2018
In fact, there were no errors in this process, but the virus secretly placed other files on the device with the. APK extension, which are used by Android apps and phones.
The names of the infected video games:
- Truck simulator
- Extreme sports car driving
- Extreme car racing
- Extreme car driving city
- Combat combat simulator
- Moto Cross Extreme Racing
- Road SUVs
- City Moto Racing
- Hyper Driving
- Car driving simulator
- SUV 4×4
- Luxury parking
- SUV City Climb Parking.
The fate that cybercriminals will provide to the data obtained by these 13 applications, two of which were the "trend", that is, the most downloaded from the Google repository, is still unknown.
Google spokesman Scott Westover assured the press that "the applications violated our rules and were removed from the Play Store."
According to Techcrunch, last year alone, more than 700,000 malware-infected applications were removed from the official download site for computers with the Android operating system.