28 November 2018 – 19:26
More than half a million Android users have downloaded infected apps from Google Play. Although they are no longer online, those who have installed them have provided hackers with extensive permissions to retrieve data from mobile phones.
Google Play, the official Android download site, was a tool for viruses installing with management simulation applications, and although 13 video games downloaded more than 560,000 times are no longer online, those who installed them gave hackers extensive extraction permissions data from mobile phones.
Those who installed these infected apps should change the security keys for the services and social networks that are on their phones.
Lukas Stefanko, a researcher at Eset, said on Twitter that the application, after downloading and installing, had hidden his icon on the device, so the user was told that the download failed.
Do not install these apps from Google Play – it's malware.
– a total of 560,000 installations
– hide the icon after launch
– Download another APK file and install the user (now unavailable)
-2 applications are #Trending
– unauthorized functionality
– Lukáš Štefanko (@Lukas Štefanko) 19 November 2018
In fact, there was no error in the process, but the virus secretly placed other APK files that use applications for Android phones and tablets on the device.
The names of infected video games are:
- Truck Cargo Simulator
- Extreme sport ride
- Extreme Car Driving Racing
- Extreme Car Driving City
- Fire fighting simulator
- Moto Cross Extreme Racing
- Luxury SUV Traffic
- City Road Racing Race
- Hyper Car Driving
- Car driving simulator
- SUV 4×4 Driving
- Luxury parking
- SUV City Climb Parking.
The fate that computer criminals give data from these 13 applications, two of which are "trendy," the most downloaded from Google's storage, is still unknown.
Google spokesman Scott Westover assured the press that "apps violate our policies and have been removed from the Play Store."
According to the Techcrunch site, more than 700,000 malware-infected apps have been removed from the official download site for Android-based computers in the past year.