Pirated apps from the Samsung Galaxy Store can infect devices with malware

In Samsung’s Android app store, Galaxy Store, several risky apps have been spotted triggering Play Protect alerts on the devices on which they are installed.

The controversial apps mimic ShowBox, a pirated app that failed in 2018, thanks to the intervention of a coalition of film studios that managed to identify the developer and file a lawsuit against him. ShowBox allowed users to watch copyrighted movies and series for free.

Those behind the copies of the ShowBox were counting on the old glory of this app, and indeed, users of Samsung devices have accepted the copies nicely.

Maks Vajnbah iz Android Police he is the first noticed several clones of the ShowBox app in the Samsung Galaxy Store some of which, when installed, trigger a Google Play Protect alert because they require access to risky permissions that could allow malware to be installed on Android devices.

If the user approves these requests, applications are allowed to access contact lists, call logs, run code, download payload malware, click on ads and more.

Several antiviruses on VirusTotal detect these applications as risk software, Trojans, adware or generic malware.

The analyst of mobile malware “Linuxct”, since Android Police asked for an opinion, explained that although the application itself may not contain malware, it can download and execute other code, which may include malware. So, it can become a Trojan / malware at any time, so the applications are not safe and that is why so many antivirus manufacturers have labeled them as malicious / risky.

These apps are advertised as streaming apps. They promise anonymous access to protected content via an integrated VPN tool. At least some of these applications did offer piracy at some point.

From a legal perspective, Samsung should have turned down these apps because of what they claim to be, even if they pose no risk.

However, Samsung Galaxy Store only checks for malware in applications or malicious behavior, and does not take copyright infringement into account. Since these applications do not contain malware, they are not treated as malicious.

Although the Google Play Store is not spared malware or risky software, it remains the safest choice for finding Android applications.

In general, pirated applications, whether free or paid, pose a legal, security, and privacy risk to users, and the projected savings or benefits are not worth the potential consequences of their use.

These risks are especially dangerous when an application requires such broad permissions that allow it to execute commands and access information it should not access.

Samsung’s Galaxy Store doesn’t track the number of installations, but the controversial apps together have hundreds of reviews, including reviews from several users who mentioned warnings during installation.

If you have installed any of the ShowBox clones via the Galaxy Store, remove it immediately and run a scan of your device with antivirus to remove “all potential leftovers”.

Source: Informacija.rs by www.informacija.rs.

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