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Bogus Modpacks for Minecraft Infect 1 Million Android Devices With Adware

Minecraft is one of the most popular game in the world. It’s so popular in fact, that certain content creators have managed to turn the playing of this game into an actual career path that they can take, one that would ensure that they are able to earn a decent amount of money.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that because of the fact that this is such a popular game, a lot of scams end up being created around it. One recent scam that occurred ended up infecting a million or so Android devices with malware that ended up bombarding said devices with so many ads that it ended up becoming more or less impossible for anyone to actually use this device in the first place.

This scam essentially involved users being offered modpacks at supposedly reasonable prices. The only problem is that these modpacks are not real. They don’t contain any actual mods for Minecraft, nor will they improve the manner in which you might be able to play the game. All these mods would do is make you start seeing a lot of ads in the app, something that would ruin your experience and prevent you from truly being able to enjoy one of the most popular games in the world.

The truly dangerous aspect of this sort of thing is that the developer has been trying very hard to prevent people from realizing what they are doing. They keep republishing the app under different names, buy fake reviews that give them a seemingly good rating and then when people download the app and realize that it doesn’t work and that it only floods their system with malware, they get one star reviews which ruins their rating after which they start again with a new app.

The fact that Google is letting this happen is what’s particularly important about this sort of thing. The tech giant really needs to obtain more control over their Play Store, otherwise users simply wouldn’t be able to trust any of the apps available on it.



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