Once again (how many more times Google?!) internet security experts warned the Android community about apps downloaded millions of times from Google’s Play Store, lurking with malicious Android adware.
This is not the first time and certainly it’s not the last time when malicious software/adware finds its home in the Play Store, but it looks like it’s becoming a bad habit and things must change once and for all.
Android adware is basically a malicious code that automatically displays/downloads on your smartphone or tablet advertising material (unsolicited, of course). Think banners, annoying pop-ups, changing your home page, I bet you already know what I’m talking about. Apparently, adware seems relatively harmless, but it’s not actually, pretty far from it.
Especially when we’re talking about Android adware, things start to become nasty because this type of software is able to gather information from your mobile network/internet provider, including your email address or your phone number (and who knows what else, right?).
Internet security company Avast reported over 15 million downloads of adware infected apps from Google’s Play Store, mainly three popular ones: Durak card game, IQ test and Russian History. Even if the applications come from various developers, all of them are infected with the same adware.
Two days after being installed, the respective apps start displaying spammy messages on your screen each time you unlock your droid, things like “your device is infected” or “update required”or “full of porn”, basically nonsense. If you approve the recommendations, you’ll be redirected to spoofed websites where you can become the happy owner of a premium SMS service or who knows, even better.
As I’m writing this piece, Google removed the malicious apps from the store, but you must stay frosty all the time, because you never know when shtf.
Also, check out this YouTube video.