Apps that were actually malicious software have reappeared in the Google Play store. According to the portal LifeHacker disguised as innocent clones of useful applications to escape initial detection by Google. Once people start downloading and using them, they turn out to be malware.
The applications were distributed under different developer accounts with the same developer email
The good news is that the relevant applications did not have many downloads. Therefore, there is a good chance that you have not installed them. If this happens, you should uninstall them immediately. The applications were uploaded to the store under various developer accounts.
Apart from the application names, the only unifying characteristic is that the attacker used the same developer’s e-mail “firstname.lastname@example.org” for each developer account. All applications also link to the same privacy page (https: //gohhas.github.io….). Apps should already be removed from the Google Play store.
List of malicious applications that contained malware
- Cake VPN
- Pacific VPN
- QR/Barcode Scanner MAX
- Music Player
How to get rid of malware
In the case of the named applications, there is a concern that malware such as AlienBot Banker and MRAT may be installed on the smartphone. AlienBot is Malware-as-a-Service (MaaS) malware that allows a remote attacker to embed malicious code into finance and payment applications. The attacker will gain access to the victim’s accounts and can also remotely control the device itself.
After taking control of the device, an attacker has the ability to control certain functions as if he were physically holding the smartphone. For example, install a new application on your device or even control it with TeamViewer. Portal LifeHacker therefore, it is recommended to install the free Malwarebytes security application and check the system with the installed applications with it.
To be sure, you can scan your system with other security applications such as F-ESET Mobile Security or Avast. If neither of them finds anything, you should be safe. One hundred percent certainty will be given to the user only when the smartphone is set to factory settings.
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