Snaptube, a popular Android video app with over 40 million users, was spotted making fake clicks on ads and service purchases. premium not authorized by users. According to the site TechCrunch, the digital security company Upstream discovered malicious activity and prevented more than 70 million suspicious transactions from four million devices.
The app lets you download videos and music from YouTube, Facebook and other sites. Developed in China, the app is not available on the Play Store, as, according to the manufacturer, Google does not allow video download apps in its store. Alternative stores need to be accessed to download the program. To TechCrunch, the developer said the software "safe".
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If the transactions had not been blocked by Upstream, users might have to pay for unsolicited services, adding up to tens of millions of dollars in improper charges. According to the digital security company, the scam is associated with Mango, the software development code kit (SDK) built into Snaptube. It installs additional components from a central server and uses redirect and hide chains to perform malicious activities.
In note to TechCrunch, the company responsible for Snaptube has stated that it is considering legal action against Mango. "We didn't realize that Mango was performing fraudulent activities, which brought us a huge loss in brand reputation." A spokesman also said cooperation with the development kit was terminated.
According to Guy Krief, chief executive of UpstreamTo prevent this type of attack, it is recommended to pay attention to whether there is an increase in mobile data or battery consumption. Hot cell phones when not in use can also be a sign of background activity. Finally, it is always recommended to keep antivirus software installed on your device to see the best options for Android in 2019.
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