Don’t have one of these? Experts have detected malware in 6 popular applications

  • Android devices are under fire from cyber threats
  • Several malicious apps have found their way onto Google Play
  • If you have any of these, remove them immediately

Once again, a number of malicious applications are rampant in Google Play | photo: insideheadline

Uploading an app to the store is a complex process and each package has to go through approval. In addition, app stores are equipped with a number of technologies that try to detect cyber threats through scanning. Nevertheless, it can sometimes happen that some malicious application slips through the check after all. If you have on a device with the system Android any of these applications, so delete it immediately.

Beware of these apps

How reveals Russian security firm Dr. Webso let’s go to the store Google Play received a number of dangerous applications that were downloaded by over 2 million users. The applications mostly disguised their malicious intentions as useful tools and optimization tools, but in reality they were the source of annoying ads, device performance degradation and other annoyances.

List of malicious applications

  • TubeBox – jiajiamaji developer – 1,000,000 downloads
  • Bluetooth device auto connect – developer bt autoconnect group – 1,000,000 downloads
  • Bluetooth & Wi-Fi & USB driver – developer simple things for everyone – 100 000 stažení
  • Volume, Music Equalizerbt autoconnect group developer – 50,000 downloads
  • Fast Cleaner & Cooling Master – developer Hippo VPN LLC – 500 downloads

Malware Worok, illustrative

Malware Worok, illustrative

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Harmful malware, adware and phishing techniques nested in a total of 5 applications. The most fundamental of them was named TubeBox, with over 1 million users downloading it. The app promised cash rewards for watching videos and ads, but these were empty promises. When trying to redeem rewards, users always received only error messages. Developers thus preyed on users who earned money for them by watching ads.

Fake Russian loans

However, it does not end there, as the security company has revealed a number of fraudulent Russian applications. These were loan-offering apps, claiming to be directly connected to Russian banks and investment groups. But none of that was true, with these apps each having more than 10,000 downloads.

These apps were promoted through other apps where they promised guaranteed profit from investments. They actually redirected you to phishing a page that looked official. After entering login information, instead of logging in to the service, sensitive data went straight into the hands of the attackers.

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