Google removed 13 apps from its Google Play store, because they were innocuous games when they were really viruses.
According to NDTV reports, all applications looked like racing games of cars or motorcycles that could be downloaded for free, but in fact they were Trojan horses to inject malware into their phones.
Despite the fact that Google has removed the applications, those who downloaded them are still at risk of losing their data in the wrong hands.
The applications that need to be removed are as follows:
- Road SUVs
- Car driving simulator
- Extreme car racing
- Moto Cross Extreme Racing
- SUV City Climb Parking
- Extreme car driving city
- City Moto Racing
- Extreme sports car driving
- Hyper Car Driving Simulator
- Truck simulator
- 4 × 4 SUV Driving Simulator
- Fireman – fire truck simulator
- Luxury parking
According to Lucas Stefanko, a security researcher for the Internet company ESET, there were more than 560,000 downloads of fraudulent applications.
Stefanco says they all have the same developer named Luis Pinto, and when the user immediately downloaded the game, the application icon disappeared and asked to download another application called Game Center, whose only function was to manage data and the telephone system
According to NDTV, two of these apps appeared in the “Trends in the Play Store” section before deleting. Google showed in January that last year more than 700,000 malicious applications were removed from its Play Store.