Android Spyware Unable to Keep Own Stolen Data Safe

Several companies are in the business of selling software that covertly pulls info off the devices of users. The threat of spyware is looming. Now, it turns out that several of these “stalkerware” apps themselves are not secure. These unsafe stalkerware apps end up leaving the data they steal potentially exposed to more and more prying eyes.

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Joker Malware Containing App Downloaded Half Million Times from Google Play Store

Mobile security research firm Pradeo has discovered the infamous Joker malware in an Android app named Color Message. This highly dangerous app has over 500,000 downloads. As for the Joker malware, it is assumed that it has been active for at least two years. Pradeo reports that the Joker malware is categorized as a Fleeceware. The main activity of this malware is to simulate clicks and intercept SMS in order to subscribe to unwanted premium paid services without the knowledge of the user.

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Bank Credentials Stealing Apps Were Reportedly Downloaded 300,000 Times on Google Play Store

According to reports published by ThreatFabric, android apps on Google Play Store which stole banking details had more than 300,000 downloads by unsuspecting users. These seemingly harmless apps masqueraded as QR scanners, cryptocurrency wallets, and PDF scanners, and maliciously stole sensitive financial data. User details like passwords, two-factor authentication codes, users’ logged keystrokes, and much more ended up getting stolen by these apps which mainly fall under four families of malware, namely Anatsa, Alien, Hydra, and Ermac. Google has been trying to combat this issue with their introduction of a number of restrictions which are aimed at curbing the distribution of such apps. This, in turn, has prompted the development of ingenious methods of bypassing Google Play Store security restrictions by the minds behind these malwares.

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2 Smart TV Apps Containing Joker Malware Banned from Google Play Store

To uphold its commitment to keep its app store safe, Google regularly removes malicious and dangerous apps from the Google Play Store, scouting them out either themselves or with the help of tips from security companies. Google’s proactiveness in this matter ensures, to a large extent, that its users are protected from online scammers. The most recent example of this is Google’s banning of two new apps from its Play Store, namely ‘Halloween Coloring’ and ‘Smart TV remote’, both of which are smart TV based. It is worth noting here that ‘Smart TV remote’ had already been downloaded a thousand times at the time of its removal. It is thanks to Tatyana Shishkova, a security analyst at Kaspersky’s who had posted the names of the two apps on Twitter, that Google learned of the two malwares lurking about its Play Store. According to Shishkova, the apps are Joker malwares that have been Trojanised.

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11 Apps Infected with ‘Joker’ Malware Removed By Google – Precautions You can Take

Google first detected apps with the Joker malware, a premium subscription bot in 2017. As of January 2020, Google has removed more than 1,700 apps from Play Store over the past three years that had been infected with the Trojan. Joker Malware tactically simulates interaction with ads, steals the victim’s SMS along with the OTP to authenticate payments, the contact list and device info. The majority of the discovered apps target the EU and Asian countries. Most of the discovered apps have an additional check, which makes sure that the payload doesn’t implement while running within the US or Canada. The UI of C&C panel and some of the bot’s code comments are written in Chinese, which could be a hint in terms of geographical origin. Read More

Top 5 Antivirus Apps For Android

A good antivirus App is always required if you wish to be free from any malware/adware on your Android smartphone. There are chances that your device gets inflicted with a virus while you browse through Chrome, Firefox and other popular browsers and it ends up compromising your private information. Also, it could happen when you download certain Apps from the Google Play Store which are fake or misleading. So, here’s our list of the five best antivirus Apps for Android: Read More

Several iPhone Apps Are Infected With Goldluck Malware

Malware has been a worry among developers of Android games in the past and now it has also started affecting iOS Apps and specifically games. A malware by the name of “Goldluck” has been creating a havoc for a lot of Apps, where hackers are reported to steal data and make use of it to earn money in the name of the user. The risk that this malware possesses is very high and it could end up leading to corrupt your iPhones. Read More

Google Deletes Several Games On Play Store, Found To Be Malware

Google has wiped out almost 13 Apps that were disguised as ‘racing games’ under gaming section on the Play Store. These Apps were nothing but malware and has affected almost 500,000 Android users. Anyone who installed the game, just found out that it won’t open and it only keeps crashing when tried to open. Read More