Google has removed 13 apps from its Google Play store because they were harmless games when they were really viruses.
According to NDTV reports, all applications appear to be racing games for cars or motorcycles that could be downloaded for free, but in reality they were Trojans to introduce malware into their phones.
Although Google has expelled, people who downloaded them still risk their data ending in the wrong hands.
The applications that must be uninstalled are as follows:
- Luxury SUV Traffic
- Car driving simulator
- Extreme Car Driving Racing
- Moto Cross Extreme Racing
- SUV City Climb Parking
- Extreme Car Driving City
- City Road Racing Race
- Extreme sport ride
- Hyper Car Driving Simulator
- Truck Cargo Simulator
- SUV 4 × 4 Driving simulator
- Fire Truck – Fire Truck Simulator
- Luxury parking
According to ESET's head of security research, Lukáš Štefanko, there were more than 560,000 downloads of fraudulent applications.
Stefanko says everyone has the same developer named Luiz Pinto, and when the user immediately downloaded the game, the application icon disappeared and asked to download another application called Game Center whose only function was to take control of the data and the phone system,
Two of these apps appeared in the Play Store Trends section before removing them, as reported by NDTV. Google revealed in January that more than 700,000 malicious applications were downloaded from the Google Play Shopping Center last year.