ANDROID phone owners have been warned about “malicious” apps that may be lurking on your phone.
The apps, which are said to contain dangerous malware, have been downloaded by millions of users.
These apps contain an attack called Autolycos that subscribes you to premium services.
This can slowly drain your bank account without you realizing it.
It was uncovered by French security research Maxime Ingraoby Evina Tech who said it was downloaded over 3 million times.
The malware hides in seemingly safe apps with useful features.
This includes camera apps, video editors, and emoji keyboards.
But it’s all part of a malware distribution campaign designed to stealthily steal money from victims.
This particular attack only affects Android phone owners – iPhone users are not affected.
This is because the attack is propagated through the Google Play Store, where Android users download their apps.
Here is the list of objectionable apps and their download count, according to Maxime:
- Vlog Star Video Editor – 1 Million+
- Creative 3D Launchers – 1 million+
- Funny Camera – 500,000+
- Wow Beauty Camera – 100,000+
- Gif Emoji Keyboard – 100,000+
- Razer Keyboard and Themes – 50,000+
- Freeglow Camera 1.0.0 – 5,000+
- Coco Camera v1.1 – 1,000+
If you downloaded any of these apps, you should delete them immediately.
Even if the apps are removed from Google Play Store, they might still be lurking on your device.
So check your list of installed apps to see if any of the names match.
This attack is particularly insidious due to the high number of installations.
Usually, a large number of downloads is a good indicator that an app may be safe.
But you should be careful with any app you download, especially if it’s not very widely used.
Always check who makes the app and reviews of the app.
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