The company specialized in cybersegurana Symantec has identified a new wave of Android apps with malware that has been downloaded over 2.1 million times from the Google Play Store. In all 25 APKs, most of which are photo or fashion editing apps, were published from 22 different developer accounts and uploaded for the first time in April this year. According to a digital security group's Monday publication (23), the programs aggressively displayed ads across the screen of the smartphone.
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Malware apps had over 2.1 million downloads from the Google Play Store Photo: Divulgao / Symantec
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Reported to Google on the last day 2, all apps have already been removed from the Play Store. Since most of the software found was similar in both content and programming, the Symantec believes developers can be part of the same organization or are using the same source code.
Still according to Symantec, apps act the same way. When installed, they initially work as they should, but begin, unbeknownst to the user, to operate in the background for the purpose of downloading a remote configuration file. It was intercepted by the security company, which identified the ability to hide the app icon and change ad-related settings.
Infected apps show ads on smartphone screen Photo: Divulgao / Symantec
After performing the procedure to hide the application icon, malware begins to display full page advertisements even when the program is not in use. Advertisements appear at random time intervals and have no indication of which app is responsible for displaying them, preventing the user from detecting the source of the problem.
To protect yourself from malware, it's important to take some concerns, such as keeping your device's operating system current, not downloading apps from unfamiliar websites, and just installing apps from verified, secure sources. In addition, it is always valid to make constant backups of your data and keep security applications and antivirus software installed on your smartphone. See the best options for Android in 2019.
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