A fake app that was available on the Google Play Store has misled more than 100,000 Android users by the name of the "Federal ID" program. The app was offered by a developer identified as "Globe Digital Entertainment", and displayed excessive advertisements and could be classified as adware. The software requested positive evaluation and did not perform the expected functions.
The application in question has no link with the Federal Government and the developer has nothing to do with Grupo Globo. On the Play Store, his page showed many complaints, often claiming that the software didn't work. THE TechTudo contacted Google, which removed the app from their store.
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With over 100,000 downloads, ID Youth's fake app showed excessive advertisements Photo: Playback / Google Play Store
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The so-called "Youth ID" app bears the name of a royal initiative belonging to the National Youth Secretariat, affiliated with the Federal Government's Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights. The fake software claimed to generate the identification that would guarantee half-time entry into leisure shows and seat reservation on interstate bus rides. The benefits are in fact offered by ID Youth 2.0, but the application in question is legitimate and did not perform as expected.
According to Emilio Simoni, director of dfndr lab, PSafe's cybersecurity lab, the app can be treated as adware-type programs that contain excessive advertisements and eventually announce fake functions. The option to generate the virtual card asked the user to evaluate the tool in the Play Store, but did not create the identification at the end of the process. As a result, the average rating of the software in the Google store was high, close to five stars.
THE TechTudo contacted the adviser of the Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights, the agency responsible for ID Jovem, who said he was aware of the existence of fake applications with the name of the program. MMFDH also said that, at its request, Google had removed the app from the Play Store, but the developer made it available for download again.
Google was also questioned by TechTudo and removed the app from the Play Store again, recognizing its malicious activity. According to the company, in processes such as this, the developer notified and needs to explain to return to offer content in the store. The profile that offered this and three other apps has also been disabled.
App asked for evaluation and did not perform the expected function Photo: Reproduction / TechTudo
According to Daniel Barbosa, ESET's information security expert, "We can't guarantee what the fake app's purposes are without further analysis." But for him, the app could "monitor the actions of its users, among other more serious dangers, such as the installation of other software, if the application contains such access permissions, for example".
According to Kaspersky security analyst Thiago Marques, however, "as the app does not ask for specific user permissions, it can be deduced that it is limited to the application of these searches and advertisements, but only further analysis of the application code can ensure that. " He also points out that the app requests answers to a questionnaire that asked for data on education and family income, "without clarifying what the poll was intended for."
ProUni's fake app contained ads and worked just like a manual. Photo: Playback / Google Play Store
Another application that offered by the developer was called "Prouni". The software provided information about the University for All Program (ProUni), which is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education. Also fake, the app showed some advertisements and has no other functions. THE TechTudo He also contacted the advisory office of the Ministry of Education, but received no return until the publication of this subject.
To avoid downloading applications with adware, it is important to always check the developer to make sure that the software is legitimate. In addition, it is worth checking the ratings and reviews of the app in the common Google store there are complaints on the pages of such programs. Lastly, it's always important to keep antivirus software installed on your phone to see the best options for Android in 2019.
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