Be careful with these apps, your phone may be infected and you don’t know it. Viruses masquerading as applications from the Play Store have been identified, scammed millions of users.
Recently the well-known company ofsafety has 16 dangerous from Play . Behind the facade from applications there are hidden viruses of the category “ “, that is which aims to exploit the infected device to defraud international advertising circuits.
Over 20 million downloads have been made, one of which alone has reached 10,000,000 downloads. Many users have fallen victim to these fakesnot even noticing all the time that their device is infected.
These types of software are very adept at hiding and operating in the shadows, able to blend in with other applications of themillion users. This time thanks to the well-known company of security, it was possible to track them down, from before we can even download them. We see the list of these infected and how they work.
Virushow they operate
The type of virus these fall intois derived from “ “, i.e. advertising, and “software”. The purpose of a is that of show banner ads or click on them, in order to receive payment from the advertising circuit. Their earnings predict that thousands of are used or sites where there are banners are opened thousands of times.
According to the company ofsafety applications managed to do both generating billions of clicks from 20 million devices. Even difficult to imagine the amount earned, of unsuspecting users, by those who set up this scam system.
16incriminate they took control of on which they were installed and proceeded to open a background browseri.e. in the background. he saw nothing while they worked .
Through the browser, websites set up only to contain banner ads were opened, which were clicked directly by the hidden code. In practice, he was able to simulate the behavior of a real user. Thousands of clicks were thus generated every hour for each infected, each of which was then paid to the owners of the sites that hosted the banners and which, of course, were linked to that generated clicks.
The user has no way to find out that his device is infected because thethey began their work alone after at least 60 minutes . The damage for was limited to one excessive battery consumption (the phone was always operational) and data from the phone plan because the they worked even without the connection .
Thereof security has made public the names of infected found on the Play . The found are 16 and range from all kinds. The most downloaded is camera, but there are also for taking notes, readers of Queues, for and for the maintenance of , a currency converter and much more. Here is the list of to avoid:
- Task Manager.
- Block notes ( in Korean).
- Profile .
- Electric torch ( in Korean).
- Calculator ( in Korean).
- + ( alternative).
All thesehave already been removed from the Play from , after reporting from . In the vast majority of cases the removed from Play for security reasons, they also automatically disappear from the on which they were installed, thanks to the mechanisms of play .
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