New Alert Issued For Set Of Malicious Android Apps That Have Been Installed In Millions

Security experts are raising the alarm regarding malicious applications found on the Google Play Store. These applications have undergone installations in the category of millions and that’s why it’s turning into a whole concern for many.

The app ends up stealing users’ sensitive details and they even end up generating revenue through pay-per-click options too for various operators.

Moreover, such sites are seen to put out incentives for victims and you end up downloading fake security options or updates that would make you trick the user into downloading a malicious file. As of now, the apps are still found on the Google Play Store and they arise under the name of a developer account that is named Mobile Apps Group. And so far, we’re talking about installations exceeding the one million figure.

Meanwhile, reports from Malwarebytes showed how the developer was even exposed to adware in the past on Google Play but they were still given the green light to continue with app publishing after submitting a cleaner version.

This time around, a total of four apps are being highlighted and they have installations in the thousands figure. Examples included Bluetooth Auto Connect, App Sender, Driver: Bluetooth, Wifi, and Mobile Transfer: Smart Switch.

It’s very surprising to note how the applications don’t even have any raving reviews across the board. Still, to see them being downloaded left and right would mean people really need to get their act together and be aware of the dangers linked to them. Some comments that were left on the platform included the likes of intrusive ads that just pop up automatically across different tabs.

As a whole, we see developers responding to such comments and offering solutions to various types of ad problems. For now, we know that comments have been put forward by researchers at Malwarebytes but we’re yet to hear more on the subject.

After monitoring the likes of various activities taking place on the software, security experts at Malwarebytes found how the applications had a 72-hour delay, right before they showed the first ad or opened up a new phishing link on the browser, followed by more tabs that had similar content pop up every few hours.

So what is the solution to such ordeals? How can one person keep things like adware well aware from their devices? Experts claim users shouldn’t install apps from places that are unofficial as this keeps your device super safe.

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