Google Play Store Malware Apps Gets Deleted

Google Play Store Malware Apps Gets Deleted

After discovering the infection, Google had to remove 50 malicious applications from its official Play Store.

Check Point notified Google about the threat last month, and it "promptly removed" the offending apps from the Play store.

It's unclear will the new change actually increase the amount of players using the mobile app but at least the apps are now freely downloadable from the Google Play Store in the mentioned countries.

The ExpensiveWall malware registers victims to premium services without their knowledge and sends fraudulent premium SMS messages, charging their accounts for fake services. If a user downloads the malware, it requests permissions commonly associated with other applications such as permission for Internet access and SMS permissions.

The malware not only generates profit but also manages to collect personal data of users and sends this information back to command and control server. It was downloaded a million times, but it showed that even Google's best safeguards aren't able to keep malware away 100% of the time.

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Security researchers are warning Android users about a major malware outbreak that recently infiltrated the Google Play Store.

The second advisory was from Trend Micro, which said it had found four applications on Google Play that were infected with new versions of BankBot, a malware for stealing user credentials to online bank accounts.

Hidden inside wallpaper apps, the malware has been named "ExpensiveWall", after finding its way to Google Android devices through Google users downloading malicious apps through the Google Play store.

"What makes ExpensiveWall different than its other family members is that it is "packed" - an advanced obfuscation technique used by malware developers to encrypt malicious code - allowing it to evade Google Play's built-in anti-malware protections", Check Point wrote. Over 4.2 million users downloaded these 50 infected apps. Apps like I Love Filter, Beautiful Camera, Fascinating Camera, and more are all listed to be Trojan apps, however all of them are no longer available on Google Play. It derives its name from one of the apps it uses to infect devices called Lovely Wallpaper.

"They also need to collaborate closer with security researchers, so that, like in this case, vulnerabilities and malicious app details can be shared quickly and pulled from stores accordingly", he added.

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