Android users: delete these apps – they could be stealing your money
With over 3 million downloads, this is a widespread issue.
UPDATE 8/19/2022 10:30 AM ET: A new report from Bitdefender says there are another 35 malicious apps on the Google Play Store.
Android users, check your devices to make sure you don’t have any of these installed. If you do, delete them right now.
Before we dive into what’s actually been happening, here is the list of malicious apps:
- Vlog Star Video Editor (com.vlog.star.video.editor) – 1 million downloads
- Creative 3D Launcher (app.launcher.creative3d) – 1 million downloads
- Funny Camera – 500,000 downloads
- Wow Beauty Camera (com.wowbeauty.camera) – 100,000 downloads
- Gif Emoji Keyboard (com.gif.emoji.keyboard) – 100,000 downloads
- Razer Keyboard & Theme – 50,000 downloads
- Freeglow Camera 1.0.0 (com.glow.camera.open) – 5,000 downloads
- Coco Camera v1.1 (com.toomore.cool.camera) –1,000 downloads
If you have any of these on your Android phone, it’s time to delete it. None of the eight are available to download from the Play Store. Thankfully, Google removed them shortly after BleepingComputer reported on the issue.
Security researcher Maxime Ingrao found the malware a year ago. The malware can execute websites on a remote URL, but it can also set up premium subscriptions that can drain your bank account.
It’s always a wise idea to check your Google Play subscriptions every so often. That way, you don’t get surprised by bogus charges. Check your payment methods that are attached to your Google Pay account as well, as those are often targeted.
The creators of the malicious Android apps used social media apps to trick people to download them. To stay safe on your Android, avoid any apps that seem hyped on social media ads.
They have become a favored place for scammers and hackers to advertise their malware.
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