STATES CHRONICLE – On May 25th, Check Point revealed that several Android apps were, in fact, malicious ad-click which infected the devices with malware. One of these apps has been available on Google Play Store for more than a year until recently, when it has been removed due to these security concerns.
The security firm cannot say for sure how much the malware spread, but it is estimated that it affected around 36.5 million Android devices. Also, Check Point said that most users downloaded the malware from Google Play.
Hackers disguised the malware into fashion games
Hackers had disguised the malicious software into the brand Judy, which consisted mostly of fashion or cooking games. In fact, the malware itself is called Judy. It succeeded to escape Google’s security systems as it was siphoned from a different server. After the malicious code reached the device, it started clicking random ads, which brought revenue to the hackers.
These serious of apps have been produced by Kiniwini, a Korean company registered on Play Store as ENISTUDIO corp. This company produces apps for both Android and iOS. However, being an open software, Android is at more risk of getting infected with malware. Therefore, users are warned to take precautions against the malicious software.
How to keep your device safe
Always check the reviews before downloading an app, even if the developer seems official. Most of the times, other users have already discovered possible issues and want to warn people about them. Also, it is really important to always keep your system up-to-date. Developers constantly release patches meant to fix all vulnerabilities.
Don’t always count only on the security patches, as malware might infiltrate in your system. Use a good antivirus software even on your phone, and opt for a VPN when you connect to a public network. Also, secure your device with a strong password which is not easy to guess.
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