A total of sixteen applications with malware have been identified by McAffee cybersecurity experts as being available in the Google Play Store, the official Android app store. The applications have over 20 million install times overall.
It is a “Clicker” type of malware, which means it can control the victim’s device and access websites without their knowledge or consent. The apps are no longer available in the store as of right now. But it’s very likely that many users still have them installed on their phones.
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The report details how the malicious apps pretended to be practical mobile tools like flashlights, task managers, calendars, camera apps, or note apps, among others.
However, once they were available on users’ devices, the applications engaged in advertising fraud activities. Such as random website visits, which brought in money for the attacker. Applications with millions of downloads from the Google Play Store are available in the full list of apps that contain the malware. The names of the applications and the number of downloads up until the point at which they were no longer in Google Play are below.
- High-Speed Camera – Over 10M downloads
- Smart Task Manager – Over 5M downloads
- Flashlight+ – Over 1M downloads
- Memo Calendar – Over 1M downloads
- K-Dictionary – Over 1M downloads
- BusanBus – Over 1M downloads
- Flashlight+ – Over 500K downloads
- Quick Note – Over 500K downloads
- Currency Converter – Over 500K downloads
- Joycode – Over 100K downloads
- EzDica – Over 100K downloads
- Instagram Profile Downloader – Over 100K downloads
- Ez Notes – Over 100K downloads
- Flash Lite – Over 1K downloads
- Calcul – 100+ downloads
- Flashlight+ – 100+ downloads
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